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Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch

The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch studies the coupled Sun-Earth system and the terrestrial planets and icy satellites of our solar system. Our heliophysics portfolio includes instrumentation development, sounding rocket flight, and research focusing on energy transfer across physical scales throughout the solar atmosphere. Our planetary science portfolio includes research on the origin, composition, and evolution of terrestrial planetary bodies, focusing on geological, geophysical, and related models, experiments, and observations conducted in the field, laboratory, and via analysis of remotely sensed data from space-based missions.

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Heliophysics and Planetary Science Updates

Hi-C Flare and FOXSI Launched Successfully
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On 4/17/24, HI-C Flare and FOXSI launched 1 minute apart into an extended M-flare from Poker Flat, Alaska. Scientist report that the data they saw from the control room looked amazing and we will hear more about the data as…

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Marshall Scientists and the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024
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Mitzi Adams, Paul Bremner, Adam Kobelski, Alphonse Sterling, Robert Loper (ST13) Pete Robertson (ST11-emeritus), Amanda Adams (CS10), and Adam Farragut (CS10), attended the 4/8/24 total solar eclipse, viewing it from southwest Texas.  The group were in the area in advance…

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Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) Participation
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Dennis Gallagher (ST13) contributed to the HERC event that took place at the US Space & Rocket Center culminating on 4/19-20/24.  That included supporting preparation for the event during the week at the Aviation Challenge area, supporting the Volunteer Meeting…

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Presentations Given Prior to April 8th Solar Eclipse
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Alphonse Sterling (ST13) gave three in-person solar eclipse presentations in the lead-up to the 4/8/24 total eclipse, at: Wiley University, Marshall, TX, on 4/3/24; Huston-Tillotoston University, Austin, TX, on 4/4/24; and at Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, TX, on 4/6/24.…

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13th NASA Space Exploration and Space Weather Workshop
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David McKenzie (ST10), Sabrina Savage, and Robert Loper (ST13) participated in the 13th NASA Space Exploration and Space Weather Workshop (https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/674/m2m/workshop/), hosted by the Moon to Mars Space Weather Analysis Office, at NASA GSFC, 29-30 April.  David McKenzie presented an…

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