NASA Exploration Science Forum 2017 – now open

Mar 20, 2017

July 18 – 20, 2017 | NASA Ames Research Center The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 4th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (NESF) is open for registration and abstract submission through April 12th, 2017 – 11:59pm PDT: https://nesf2017.arc.nasa.gov/registration If you missed the 2016 NESF offerings, you can catch up ...

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New research ‘rocks’ long-held geological theory – Nature publication

Mar 3, 2017

New research into ancient rocks in Western Australia contradicts the commonly held belief that Earth’s first stable continents were formed in a plate tectonic setting, Earth’s first stable continents did not form by subduction, was published today in Nature. Lead author and SSERVI AU member Dr Tim Johnson, explained that the geodynamic environment in which Earth’s ...

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When you are an exoplanet expert and it’s the day they announce TRAPPIST-1

Feb 23, 2017

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a new exoplanet discovery: the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. You can read more straight from the Nature ...

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SSERVI AU – A YEAR IN REVIEW

Jan 27, 2017

SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL WORK HIGHLIGHTS Nature publication by SSERVI Australia members (Andy Tomkins, Lara Bowlt, Matthew Genge, Siobhan A. Wilson, Helen E. A. Brand,  Jeremy L. Wykes) Ancient micrometeorites suggestive of an oxygen-rich Archaean upper atmosphere.   In early 2016 the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) created a Planetary Materials unit (Helen Maynard-Casely, Helen Brand), and published first JPL ...

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2016 SSERVI Workshop: Program and Awards Recap

Jan 17, 2017

Late last year, the SSERVI AU community came together for the annual Workshop in Perth. Catch the scientific proceedings and social happenings from this 3-day event here:  http://www.sserviaustralia.org/home/sservi-workshop/. Full session program pdf can be found here: sservi-program_workshop2016_final  

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Early formation of the Moon 4.51 billion years ago

Jan 16, 2017

With many of our Australian SSERVI community researching solar system formation, the moon, impacts and, of course, zircons – here is the recent Science Advances paper doing the rounds across the world. Establishing the age of the Moon is critical to understanding solar system evolution and the formation of rocky planets, including Earth. However, despite its ...

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NatGeo shares the lowdown on the surprise asteroid flyby

Jan 12, 2017

SSERVI AU member, Jonti Horner is interviewed about the challenges and optimism in these close encounters: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/space/a-surprise-asteroid-just-zoomed-very-close-past-earth.aspx So what are we doing to look out for ourselves? Swing past NASA’s Planetary Defence to know more about current missions and for the real cutting edge you can watch the sessions from Day 2 of the SSERVI NASA Exploration ...

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Cover of Science Magazine – Gravity field of the Orientale basin from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission

Nov 23, 2016

SSERVI Australia member and co-author of two GRAIL papers, Katarina Miljkovic, talks to ABC Science about how the findings could help scientists better understand how multi-ringed impact basins formed on the Moon as well as other planets during a critical time in the evolution of the solar system. See the two articles here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6311/438 | http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6311/441

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VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

Oct 6, 2016

The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize offers an Australian university student the opportunity to participate in a NASA affiliated summer internship program. Through the awarding of this prize, an Australian university student will work directly with NASA scientists and engineers – a program normally available only to US citizens. These programs provide students with direct contact ...

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PhD and MSc Projects Available Examining Gas – Solid Reactions in Earth and Planetary Systems (ANU)

Sep 15, 2016

A fundamental question in Earth and planetary systems is: how are chemical elements distributed from high temperature in the planet’s interior to low temperatures at the surface, atmosphere and/or ocean? This question is at the heart of understanding how life originated, how planetary atmospheres develop, how ore deposits form and how climate is regulated. Currently, ...

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