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 collaboration determining of the crystal structure of new material that could be on the surface of Saturn’s moon, Titan in International Union of Crystallography Journal.
Aus-US collaboration (Aaron Cavosie, Nick Timms, Timmons Erickson) at Meteor Crater “Transformations to granular zircon revealed: Twinning, reidite, and ZrO2 in shocked zircon from Meteor Crater (Arizona, USA)” published in Geological Society of America.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems and Macquarie Planetary Research Centre (Craig O’Neill, Siqi Zhang) published A window for plate tectonics in terrestrial planet evolution? In Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors with US colleagues.
The Desert Fireball Network (DFN, Phil Bland) successfully recovered two meteorites (1st Jan and 31st Oct) from the upgraded, digital camera network. The first meteorite named Murrili, has been classified as an ordinary chondrite (type H5), with Consortia study results presented at the Meteoritical Society in Berlin (Gretchen Benedix). The second was recovered within a week with minimum contamination, thanks to swift reports by members of the public from the award-winning Fireballs in the Sky citizen science app and rapid response by the DFN team.
EDUCATION & PUBLIC OUTREACH
Fireballs in the Sky – with over 26,000 app downloads worldwide, the citizen science outreach program received Premier’s Science Award for West Australian Science Engagement Initiative of the Year, and the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science.
Nerding Out with NASA – a panel workshop for secondary students from Ashdale College, Western Australia, meeting SSERVI AU planetary science researchers and discovering career opportunities available. Featuring Helen Maynard-Casely [ANSTO], Jonti Horner [USQ], Ellie Sansom [Curtin University], hosted by Renae Sayers [Curtin University].
ANSTO Big Ideas Forum – SSERVI AU collaboration with students and teachers visiting the ANSTO facility to meet world-class researchers and get hands-on with amazing technology. See the fantastic experience shared here.
COLLABORATIONS WITH SSERVI TEAMS
GRAIL [Katarina Miljkovic]
Cygnus OA6 Re-entry Observation Campaign [Ellie Sansom]
Australian Research Council Grants
Engagement of SSERVI Au and International collaboration across 4 projects, totalling AU$1.86 million:
Exploring Solar System Origins with the Desert Fireball Network (Phil Bland)
Decoding the Chronology of Mars (Gretchen Benedix)
Using fossil micrometeorites to examine the ancient Earth environment (Andy Tomkins)
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities [LIEF] Grant
A Global Fireball Observatory (Phil Bland)
SSERVI Australia Workshop: 60 planetary scientists from across the country came together to strengthen the nation’s planetary research and collaborations. The conference hashtag #OzPlanet16 trended top 5 on twitter in Australia during the talks and discussions.