NSN Webinar Series: NASA's Search for Meteorites in Antarctica: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?
Images courtesy of Cynthia Evans

Join the Night Sky Network on Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Cynthia Evans tell us about NASA's search for meteorites in Antarctica.

Dr. Evans will describe some of her recent experiences deployed to Antarctica as part of NASA’s Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) 2019-2020 field team.  She will also discuss the importance of NASA’s meteorite collection for understanding solar system evolution and relevance for current and future NASA missions.

About Dr. Cynthia Evans

Cynthia Evans is the Senior Exploration Scientist for the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division within the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Trained as a geologist and oceanographer, Evans earned a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 1983 from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego and a BS in geology from the University of Rochester.  Prior to coming to JSC in 1988, she taught geology at Colgate University and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  

Evans has served in several positions at NASA, including ARES Division Chief and Astromaterials Acquisition & Curation Office Manager, the home to all of NASA’s Extraterrestrial Collections. She has worked extensively with astronaut crews and mission operations teams to develop and implement science requirements, including crew training, mission planning, and data evaluation. In her role as Senior Exploration Scientist, she is formulating the science operations and science integration support for the Artemis Program missions to the Moon, including training future astronaut crew members in geological field work to prepare them for future planetary exploration.   
Evans has also conducted and participated in several field and ship-based campaigns studying rocks from ocean basin environments, and served on two Antarctic Search for Meteorite (ANSMET) field teams, collecting meteorites during the 2015-16 field season in Antarctica’s Miller Range and again during the 2019-20 field season to the Davis-Ward nunataks.


Night Sky Network members can find more information and a link to register in advance for this webinar (login required) on the Outreach Resource page.

Upcoming Webinars (all webinars are at 6pm PT/9pm ET)

August 25: Dr. Cynthia Evans, NASA's Search for Meteorites in Antarctica: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?

September 17: Emily Levesque, The Last Stargazers: Astronomy Adventures and the Scientific Power of Storytelling 

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Images: NASA/ESA, Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla (inset)

The NASA Night Sky Network heard from Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on Thursday, July 23, 2020 as she shared with us an update on the Solar Orbiter mission.

Solar Orbiter, a space mission of international collaboration between ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA, is the latest mission to study the Sun.  The mission will address a central question of heliophysics: How does the sun create and control the giant bubble of magnetic fields around it, the heliosphere? Solar Orbiter combines remote sensing and in-situ measurements of the Sun, the solar wind plasma, fields, waves, and energetic particles from new vantage points – both close to the Sun and at high latitude -- to observe solar processes that are still relatively pristine and have not had their properties modified by subsequent transport and propagation processes. Solar Orbiter will reach unprecedent milestones in our field. The inclined orbit will allow Solar Orbiter to better image the regions around the Sun’s poles than ever before.
Solar Orbiter was launched on February 9, 2020 from Cape Canaveral, FL onboard an Atlas V 411 rocket. The mission is now in cruise phase, heading to Mercury to perform the first gravity assistance maneuver and place Solar Orbiter into an elliptical orbit around the Sun, coming as close to 26 million miles away from the star every five months.

About Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla
Dr. Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in May 2006 as a research fellow in the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), and in May 2009 she joined The Catholic University of America (CUA) as a Research Associate. She is currently a Research Astrophysicist in the Heliospheric Physics Laboratory at the Heliophysics Science Division (GSFC-NASA). In 2018 she started to work with the NASA project scientist team for the Solar Orbiter collaboration and starting this year she is serving as NASA Deputy project scientist.

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