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NASA Ames Projects, Employees Showcased in Time Magazine
Jon Jenkins, Natalie Batalha and Bill Borucki at hyperwall. Click on image for full resolution.
Jon Jenkins, Natalie Batalha and Bill Borucki discuss Kepler data on the hyperwall.
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Louis Allamandola Click on image for full resolution.
Louis Allamandola
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Jill Tarter of SETI
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Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, NASA Ames Research Center pulsates in research, technology and science. That pulsation is showcased in a new special edition issue of Time magazine highlighting space exploration.

Highlighting the article was a section titled “The 25 Most Influential People in Space” which features several Ames employees involved in a wide variety of space projects. Included are Steve Squyres, the principal scientist of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission; Geoff Marcy, co-investigator of NASA Ames’ Kepler mission; David Charbonneau, an exoplanetologist, leads an exoplanet survey called the MEarth Project using the Kepler space telescope; and Louis Allamandola, founder of NASA’s Ames Astrochemistry Laboratory.

Squyres started his career at Ames working for five years as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist. Marcy also works as a professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Charonneau uses the Kepler space telescope to conduct the exoplanet survey in the MEarth project . Allamandola and his colleagues duplicated a space-like environment to discover how molecules from space helped create Earth.

NASA’s Kepler mission is featured in an article about planet-hunting and hailed as the “odds on favorite” for discovering whether humans are alone in the universe. William Borucki, principal investigator for the Kepler mission, is cited as the developer of the mission and for having the tenacity to petition NASA Headquarters for the Kepler mission five times before the mission was selected as NASA’s 10th Discovery mission in 2001.

Jill Tarter, who worked as the director of the Center for SETI Research, and Kepler mission co-investigator, is mentioned in the planet-hunting story, as well. SETI has a very close relationship with NASA Ames. In fact, many of the people who work on the Kepler mission are employees of the Center for SETI Research. She is listed as one of the 25 most influential people in space.

“Being less than a mile away from Moffett Field means that SETI and Ames can collaborate on many activities. With similar interests, it is not surprising that the two have such a close relationship,” said Tarter.

Featured on pages 8 and 9, is a large photo of the hyperwall-2 visualization system located in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames.

“The hyperwall-2 system is a gem for users of the NAS facility. It allows scientists and engineers the ability to visualize extraordinarily large datasets in meaningful ways, view previously unseen details in their data, and gain insight into complex scientific datasets.” said Rupak Biswas, chief of the NAS Divison at Ames.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Time magazine in this special space issue,” said Ames Center Director S. Pete Worden. “It is a credit to the entire Ames community and demonstrates the importance of working together as a team and collaborating with other organizations to achieve our goals and support NASA’s missions.”

Karen Jenvey
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.