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MessageSujet: #Katrina: Rachel Schumacher - St. Bernard Project et Y'becca   Ven 14 Déc à 9:32

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Name: Rachel Schumacher
Age: 25
Program: AmeriCorps NCCC, 2009-2011; St. Bernard Project, New Orleans, LA
Hometown: Norwich, CT
Alma Mater: Wheelock College
Today: Mayflower Montessori - Lead Teacher of Infant/Toddler Room

When Rachel Schumacher was 16 years old, Hurricane Katrina tore a hole through one of the most important places in her life. Her grandparents had retired to Ocean Springs, MS, decades before, where her family would visit every year for Christmas and sometimes during the summer.

“Many of my most treasured memories are from Christmases in Mississippi, but back then I never thought it would end,” said Schumacher. “I thought I would be taking my kids to that house, but now all I would be taking them to is a slab of concrete.”

Schumacher’s grandmother had become ill and was admitted to a hospital days before Katrina hit. She and her husband survived, but when all was said and done, all they had left was what they had packed for the hospital and a few trinkets, like old Mardi Gras beads, that they were able to salvage from the wreckage of their home.

“When we learned the news it felt like my whole childhood had caved in, wiped away in the blink of an eye by a 30-foot storm surge and just disappeared,” said Schumacher, who said the trinkets they were able to save serve as broken reminders of what used to be.

While she was attending Wheelock College in 2009, Schumacher’s strong connection to the Gulf Coast drew her to the service-learning trips to rebuild homes in New Orleans with the St. Bernard Project. Schumacher participated in three of these trips during the course of three years at school, where she discovered her love for service.

Her favorite memories from serving came from interactions with the homeowners. She remembered one memory she shared was an emotional moment when a homeowner was able to return to his rebuilt house to put the house numbers back on. “He was reclaiming his house,” said Schumacher. “Everyone was crying. It was impressive to see how this man could go through so much in five years and finally be able to come back home.”

Working with the St. Bernard Project first introduced Schumacher to AmeriCorps, and after spending her first year after graduation with a HealthCorps program, she joined AmeriCorps NCCC Class 19.

“It was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said Schumacher. “Because of my deep connection to the Gulf Coast and the impact Katrina had and continues to have on that area, I discovered service in a way I never would have otherwise.”

Schumacher currently works as a Lead Teacher at Mayflower Montessori in Norwich, CT, but she hopes to return to a more service-oriented career.

“Although Katrina took away many things that I will never get back, when I reflect on the situation I realize that she the storm also gave me something in return - a deeper understanding of myself, a respect for others, and a love of service,” said Schumacher.

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Alex Curley served as an AmeriCorps member in 2000-01, and joined AmeriCorps NCCC as a team leader in 2005. Curley had just graduated college and thought the experience would be good for her professional development. Then, one week into her term of service, Hurricane Katrina hit, which left her and her team focused on the Gulf Coast.

“While we were watching the events unfold on the news, everyone was glad that we were there to help initially,” said Curley.

Curley’s team facilitated many projects for the St. Bernard Parish Department of Recovery. Among these, the team facilitated the gutting of 734 homes, built and maintained a base camp, coordinated over 95,500 hours of volunteer service, trained 344 team leaders from other organizations, and facilitated the removal of 367,000,000 pounds of debris.

“What make Alex and her team unique from most that served during the first year of NCCC’s response is that they volunteered for and advocated to stay on the project assignment for more than one round,” said Allison Watkins, a current unit leader in Vinton, Iowa. “A team being on a project for more than two months, specifically disaster projects that are so physically and emotionally exhausting, was really unheard of up to that point.”

Curley described her team members as dedicated, passionate, and happy to work until the job was done. “All NCCC members feel their work is important, but I think having a first year with no disaster service and comparing it to one with disaster service, you feel a different sense of reward, and everyone felt it was really meaningful.”

Curley went on to work at the Corporation for National and Community Service Headquarters, and deployed to act as a liaison between FEMA and NCCC teams when Hurricane Ike hit. She currently is an Operations Management Specialist for the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program and is working for her Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management from Georgetown University, where she was the first Georgetown student to receive funds from the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Program.

“When most people think of an emergency management professional, they think of people with first responder or military experience, but you don’t have to come from those backgrounds,” said Curley. “The field is becoming more diverse and my Georgetown cohort reflects that.”

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Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Alma Mater: College of Charleston
Today: Airbnb - Global Disaster Relief; San Francisco, CA

Kellie Bentz joined AmeriCorps in 2004 after graduating from the College of Charleston. As a recent graduate, Bentz was unsure of what direction she wanted to be going in, and her desire to serve helped her choose AmeriCorps as her next step.

Bentz served as an AmeriCorps Team Leader in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was inspired by many of her experiences.

“The second grader I had been tutoring for an entire year could finally write his ABCs,” said Bentz. “It made me realize how grateful I was for having this little boy in my life to show me what a privilege it was to be able to read and write, and to never take that for granted.”

It was moments like these that made Bentz wish to continue her path of service.

Bentz then went on to be a project sponsor for AmeriCorps NCCC teams in New Orleans, where she made lifelong friends and had, what she considers, the most formative experience of her life. She was involved with building, managing, and directing what became HandsOn New Orleans (HONO). HONO helps provide service opportunities to those in search of service, including out-of-state individuals, local residents, corporate teams, and tourists.

“Most days I would stand in our HandsOn New Orleans community meetings with 100 volunteers from around the world telling stories of the service they had completed that day over dinner, and have goosebumps realizing that human connection is what so many of us are thirsty for, and it was happening here,” said Bentz. “Watching people come in and do one day of service mucking and gutting a home and be ‘changed’ by their experience was amazing.”

Since March 2006, HONO has saved the community of New Orleans an estimated $13 million. They’ve engaged over 35,000 volunteers for more than 600,000 completed hours of service. Bentz served as the Executive Director for HONO until 2010, and is currently with Airbnb working with Global Disaster Relief.

The most memorable moment of Bentz’ time in New Orleans was rebuilding the Mother-in-Law Jazz Lounge with Ms. Antoinette K-doe.

“I was frustrated and tired and she said to me, ‘If you give up, I give up,’” said Bentz. “This was a 65-year-old woman who had lost almost everything, working alongside us every day to rebuild her jazz lounge. She cooked lunch every day and never complained, and I realized, I had nothing to complain about.”

Serving after Hurricane Katrina helped Bentz realize she had found the path for which she had been seeking.

“By joining AmeriCorps it gave me the direction for where I wanted to go in my career,” said Bentz. “It became my life’s work instead of just a job.”



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President Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting ‘Opportunity.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet known as 46P/Wirtanen will make one of the 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years, and you may even be able to see it without a telescope.

Although the approach will be a distant 7.1 million miles (11.4 million kilometers, or 30 lunar distances) from Earth, it's still a fairly rare opportunity. "This will be the closest comet Wirtanen has come to Earth for centuries and the closest it will come to Earth for centuries," said Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. What's more, Chodas said, "This could be one of the brightest comets in years, offering astronomers an important opportunity to study a comet up close with ground-based telescopes, both optical and radar."

Comet Wirtanen has already been visible in larger amateur telescopes, and while the brightness of comets is notoriously difficult to predict, there is the possibility that during its close approach comet Wirtanen could be visible with binoculars or to the naked eye.

Astronomer Carl Wirtanen discovered the comet in 1948 at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton in Santa Clara County, California. With a width of 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometers), 46P/Wirtanen orbits the Sun fairly quickly for a comet - once every 5.4 years - making it a short-period comet. (Long-period comets, on the other hand, have orbital periods greater than 200 years.) At the time of closest approach, the comet will appear to be located in the constellation Taurus close to the Pleiades.

An observation campaign is underway to take advantage of the close approach for detailed scientific study of the properties of this "hyperactive" comet, which emits more water than expected, given its relatively small nucleus. The campaign, led by the University of Maryland, has worldwide participation across the professional and amateur astronomical communities. NASA-sponsored ground, air and space-based observatories getting in on the action include NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California; the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea, Hawaii; the Hubble, Chandra, Swift and Spitzer space telescopes; and an airborne observatory known as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The comet will even pass through the observing field of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The Comet Wirtanen Observing Campaign website is:


Amateur imagery is available on multiple websites, including:




A NASA ScienceCast on Comet Wirtanen is available at:


JPL hosts the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) for NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations Program, an element of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office within the agency's Science Mission Directorate. Along with the resources NASA puts into understanding asteroids and comets, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office partners with other U.S. government agencies, university-based astronomers and space science institutes across the country. It also collaborates with international space agencies and institutions that are working to track and better understand these smaller objects of the solar system. In addition, NASA values the work of numerous highly skilled amateur astronomers, whose accurate observational data help improve comet and asteroid orbits after discovery.

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The 10 New Resilience AmeriCorps Cities Selected for Its Climate Resilience Pilot Program
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The Administration announces ten new cities selected for the Climate Resilience Pilot Program.

We know that when it comes to action on climate change, some of the best work is happening in small towns and big cities across the country.

Earlier this year, local leaders in Fort Collins, Colorado, unanimously adopted some of the most aggressive goals in the nation to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions: 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030, which would put the city on a path to be carbon neutral by 2050.  And in Salt Lake City, Utah, community leaders have put forward the “Sustainable Salt Lake – Plan 2015” that reflects a broad and ambitious agenda to protect its city’s resources, enhance local assets, and establish a path toward greater resiliency and vitality for the community.

But we also know that local resources are often stretched thin, particularly in the low-income communities that need help the most. The third U.S. National Climate Assessment noted that socioeconomic disparities can exacerbate the vulnerability of certain populations, including low-income communities and some communities of color, due in part to limited capacity and resources necessary to prepare and adapt. For example, sea level rise poses the greatest risk to those who live in low-lying neighborhoods on the coast – communities that are often home to vulnerable populations. Rates of asthma – which may be exacerbated by climate change – among African American children are more than double the rates of white children, and Hispanic children are nearly twice as likely as white children to be hospitalized for asthma.

That’s why, last month, the Administration announced Resilience AmeriCorps, a first of its kind effort to support local resilience-building efforts. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation and Cities of Service to place AmeriCorps members in communities to provide capacity building and technical support for climate resilience. Through the program, AmeriCorps members will provide much needed capacity for communities to do things like develop climate preparedness plans, build volunteer networks, and take advantage of the resilience tools available through our Climate Resilience Toolkit.

Today, we are thrilled to share the announcement of the cities selected for the Resilience AmeriCorps pilot program: Anchorage, Alaska; Boulder, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Minot, North Dakota; New Orleans, Louisiana; Norfolk, Virginia; Phoenix, Arizona; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.  

Today’s announcement responds to a key recommendation of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Last fall, the Task Force told us that local jurisdictions could greatly benefit from focused climate resilience and preparedness expertise provided by programs such as those established by CNCS. Resilience AmeriCorps members will help local leaders in these cities as they plan for and address the impacts of extreme weather events and other climate-related risks while also helping local governments and communities develop the programs, relationships, and capacity needed to support greater community resilience.

With cities, states, and tribes already confronting the costly impacts of climate change, the Administration remains determined in working hand-in-hand with communities as they develop smart strategies and stronger partnerships for building climate resilience.
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By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to create a new White House council for promoting private investment in “opportunity zones” in more than 8,700 distressed communities across the U.S., aiming to expand prosperity to neglected zip codes.

The council, to be chaired by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, will help streamline applications for communities to qualify for the investments, the president said.

“Our goal is to ensure that America’s great new prosperity is broadly shared by all of our citizens,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “We are drawing investment into neglected and underserved communities of America so that all Americans, regardless of Zip code, have access to the American Dream.”

White House officials said they hope the program will attract as much as $100 billion to those communities.

For too long, Mr. Trump said, economic development has been concentrated in certain large metropolitan areas.

“With the creation of today’s council, the resources of the whole federal government will be leveraged to rebuild low-income and impoverished neighborhoods that have been ignored by Washington in years past,” the president said.

The 2017 tax reform law included provisions for opportunity zones by allowing for capital-gains tax cuts for investors who provide funds to revitalize depressed communities. About 35 million people live in the communities identified so far, and the poverty rate is nearly double the national average in those communities, said Jeron Smith, assistant to the president for legislative affairs.

“It allows more Americans to share in the economic success of this country,” Mr. Smith said.

The president was to have made the announcement in Baltimore, but the White House canceled that trip, citing scheduling difficulties. Pastor Donte Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church in east Baltimore attended the White House event, saying the program will help revitalize his community.

“We have the plan, we have the property, we have the people, we have the professional expertise, and we have the prospectus to jump-start your urban initiative,” he told the president. “Baltimore is prepared to be a demonstration project for a national urban revitalization strategy.”

Also attending the event was Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican who advocated for the provision in the tax reform law. He called the progress under the president “unprecedented.”

The low-income zones are census tracts, designated by governors and approved by the Treasury Department. The goal is to encourage investment in them by offering tax breaks for new businesses and housing.

Investors who provide money for projects in these qualifying zones can lower or even eliminate their capital gains taxes.

Critics raised concerns that the new program could benefit the Trump Organization and the family real-estate business of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who owns properties in several communities designated for tax breaks.

The Associated Press reported this week that Mr. Kushner holds a big stake in a real-estate investment firm, Cadre, that recently announced it is launching a series of Opportunity Zone funds that seek to build major projects under the program from Miami to Los Angeles. The report stated that he and wife Ivanka Trump have interests in at least 13 properties held by Mr. Kushner’s family firm that could qualify for the tax breaks because they are in Opportunity Zones in New Jersey, New York and Maryland.

The liberal Center for American Progress said the program “was crafted to leave the door open for exploitation by the wealthy and the politically-connected, as already evidenced by none other than President Trump’s own family.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.


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AmeriCorps NCCC Members Serve During National Veterans Golden Age Games

More than 800 Veterans ages 55 and older are expected to compete in the 29th National Veterans Golden Age Games, Aug. 8-12 in Omaha. AmeriCorps NCCC members are their volunteering to set-up, breakdown, support and educate about the importance of national service programs. Check-out the photos above to see their impact at the games. The official kick-off starts at 6:30 p.m., August 8 at the Century Link Center Arena.

Participants will compete in 14 events including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, field events and air rifles. Veterans also will participate in four exhibition events, including racquetball, 3-on-3 basketball, boccia and blind disc golf.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and hosted by the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. The health care system provides care for more than 55,000 Veterans from 101 counties in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Missouri and Kansas. The event is open to all U.S. military Veterans ages 55 or older who are currently enrolled for any VA care.

For more information visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vaadaptivesports.

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Title The Universe of Gaia
Released: 13/12/2018
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Launched in December 2013, ESA’s Gaia satellite has been scanning the sky to perform the most precise stellar census of our Milky Way galaxy, observing more than one billion stars and measuring their positions, distances and motions to unprecedented accuracy.

The second Gaia data release, published in April, has provided scientists with extraordinary data to investigate the formation and evolution of stars in the Galaxy and beyond, giving rise to hundreds of scientific studies that are revolutionising our view of the cosmos.

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NASA to Hold Teleconference to Discuss Orion Spacecraft Progress.

Sept. 15, 2015
NASA to Hold Teleconference to Discuss Orion Spacecraft Progress

NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss the agency’s progress on the Orion spacecraft, which will carry humans on missions into deep space.

Participants in the teleconference will be Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator, and William Gerstenmaier, the agency’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

To participate, reporters must contact Kathryn Hambleton or Stephanie Schierholz at 202-358-1100, kathryn.hambleton@nasa.gov or stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov, and provide their media affiliation no later than 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The teleconference will stream live on NASA’s website at:


Orion will enable astronauts to travel farther into space than ever before, including to an asteroid placed in lunar orbit and on the journey to Mars. The spacecraft is designed to provide an emergency abort capability, sustain the astronauts and provide safe re-entry from deep space velocities. Orion will launch on the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System.

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Found: Andromeda’s first spinning neutron star...

31 March 2016

Decades of searching in the Milky Way’s nearby ‘twin’ galaxy Andromeda have finally paid off, with the discovery of an elusive breed of stellar corpse, a neutron star, by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope.

Andromeda, or M31, is a popular target among astronomers. Under clear, dark skies it is even visible to the naked eye. Its proximity and similarity in structure to our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, make it an important natural laboratory for astronomers. It has been extensively studied for decades by telescopes covering the whole electromagnetic spectrum.

Despite being extremely well studied, one particular class of object had never been detected: spinning neutron stars.

Neutron stars are the small and extraordinarily dense remains of a once-massive star that exploded as a powerful supernova at the end of its natural life. They often spin very rapidly and can sweep regular pulses of radiation towards Earth, like a lighthouse beacon appearing to flash on and off as it rotates.

These ‘pulsars’ can be found in stellar couples, with the neutron star cannibalising its neighbour. This can lead to the neutron star spinning faster, and to pulses of high-energy X-rays from hot gas being funnelled down magnetic fields on to the neutron star.

Binary systems hosting a neutron star like this are quite common in our own Galaxy, but regular signals from such a pairing had never before been seen in Andromeda.

Now, astronomers systematically searching through the archives of data from XMM-Newton X-ray telescope have uncovered the signal of an unusual source fitting the bill of a fast-spinning neutron star.

It spins every 1.2 seconds, and appears to be feeding on a neighbouring star that orbits it every 1.3 days.

“We were expecting to detect periodic signals among the brightest X-ray objects in Andromeda, in line with what we already found during the 1960s and 1970s in our own Galaxy,” says Gian Luca Israel, from INAF-Osservatorio Astronomica di Roma, Italy, one of the authors of the paper describing the results, “But persistent, bright X-ray pulsars like this are still somewhat peculiar, so it was not completely a sure thing we would find one in Andromeda.

“We looked through archival data of Andromeda spanning 2000–13, but it wasn’t until 2015 that we were finally able to identify this object in the galaxy’s outer spiral in just two of the 35 measurements.”

While the precise nature of the system remains unclear, the data imply that it is unusual and exotic.

“It could be what we call a ‘peculiar low-mass X-ray binary pulsar’ – in which the companion star is less massive than our Sun – or alternatively an intermediate-mass binary system, with a companion of about two solar masses,” says Paolo Esposito of INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Milan, Italy.

“We need to acquire more observations of the pulsar and its companion to help determine which scenario is more likely.”

“The well-known Andromeda galaxy has long been a source of exciting discoveries, and now an intriguing periodic signal has been detected by our flagship X-ray mission,” adds Norbert Schartel, ESA’s XMM-Newton project scientist.

“We’re in a better position now to uncover more objects like this in Andromeda, both with XMM-Newton and with future missions such as ESA’s next-generation high-energy observatory, Athena.”

Notes for Editors

“EXTraS discovery of an 1.2-s X-ray pulsar in M31” by P. Esposito et al, is published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 457, pp L5-L9, Issue 1 March 21, 2016.

EXTraS, Exploring the X-ray Transient and variable Sky, is a European Commission FP7-funded project to systematically explore the content of XMM-Newton data in the time domain that is released to the astronomical community.

The source detected in the EXTraS data is identified as 3XMM J004301.4+413017.

For further information, please contact:

Paolo Esposito
INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Milan, Italy
Email: paoloesp@iasf-milano.inaf.it

Gian Luca Israel
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomica di Roma, Italy
Email: gianluca@oa-roma.inaf.it

Andrea De Luca
INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Milan, Italy
Email: deluca@iasf-milano.inaf.it

Norbert Schartel
XMM-Newton project scientist
Email: Norbert.Schartel@esa.int


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NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science...

On Dec. 21, at 8:49:48 a.m. PST (11:49:48 a.m. EST) NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3,140 miles (5,053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 128,802 mph (207,287 kilometers per hour). This will be the 16th science pass of the gas giant and will mark the solar-powered spacecraft's halfway point in data collection during its prime mission.

Juno is in a highly-elliptical 53-day orbit around Jupiter. Each orbit includes a close passage over the planet's cloud deck, where it flies a ground track that extends from Jupiter's north pole to its south pole.

"With our 16th science flyby, we will have complete global coverage of Jupiter, albeit at coarse resolution, with polar passes separated by 22.5 degrees of longitude," said Jack Connerney, Juno deputy principal investigator from the Space Research Corporation in Annapolis, Maryland. "Over the second half of our prime mission - science flybys 17 through 32 - we will split the difference, flying exactly halfway between each previous orbit. This will provide coverage of the planet every 11.25 degrees of longitude, providing a more detailed picture of what makes the whole of Jupiter tick."

Launched on Aug. 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. Its science collection began in earnest on the Aug. 27, 2016, flyby. During these flybys, Juno's suite of sensitive science instruments probes beneath the planet's obscuring cloud cover and studies Jupiter's auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, interior structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

"We have already rewritten the textbooks on how Jupiter's atmosphere works, and on the complexity and asymmetry of its magnetic field," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno, from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "The second half should provide the detail that we can use to refine our understanding of the depth of Jupiter's zonal winds, the generation of its magnetic field, and the structure and evolution of its interior."

Two instruments aboard Juno, the Stellar Reference Unit and JunoCam, have proven to be useful not only for their intended purposes, but also for science data collection. The Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) was designed to collect engineering data used for navigation and attitude determination, so the scientists were pleased to find that it has scientific uses as well.

"We always knew the SRU had a vital engineering job to do for Juno," said Heidi Becker, Juno's radiation monitoring investigation lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "But after making scientific discoveries in Jupiter's radiation belts and taking a first-of-its-kind image of Jupiter's ring, we realized the added value of the data. There is serious scientific interest in what the SRU can tell us about Jupiter."

The JunoCam imager was conceived as an outreach instrument to bring the excitement and beauty of Jupiter exploration to the public.

"While originally envisioned solely as an outreach instrument to help tell the Juno story, JunoCam has become much more than that," said Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. "Our time-lapse sequences of images over the poles allow us to study the dynamics of Jupiter's unique circumpolar cyclones and to image high-altitude hazes. We are also using JunoCam to study the structure of the Great Red Spot and its interaction with its surroundings."

The SRU and JunoCam teams both now have several peer-reviewed science papers -either published or in the works - to their credit.

NASA's JPL manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA's New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The Italian Space Agency (ASI) contributed two instruments, a Ka-band frequency translator (KaT) and the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM). Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the spacecraft.

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NASA's New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby ...

New Horizons Flight Controllers celebrate after they received confirmation from the spacecraft that it had successfully completed the flyby of Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in the Mission Operations Center (MOC) of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.

“I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “This is a historic win for science and for exploration. We’ve truly, once again raised the bar of human potential.”

The preprogrammed “phone call” -- a 15-minute series of status messages beamed back to mission operations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland through NASA’s Deep Space Network -- ended a very suspenseful 21-hour waiting period. New Horizons had been instructed to spend the day gathering the maximum amount of data, and not communicating with Earth until it was beyond the Pluto system.

“With the successful flyby of Pluto we are celebrating the capstone event in a golden age of planetary exploration,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “While this historic event is still unfolding --with the most exciting Pluto science still ahead of us -- a new era of solar system exploration is just beginning. NASA missions will unravel the mysteries of Mars, Jupiter, Europa and worlds around other suns in the coming years."

Pluto just had its first visitor! Thanks @NASA - it's a great day for discovery and American leadership. pic.twitter.com/FfztBSMbK0
— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 15, 2015

Pluto is the first Kuiper Belt object visited by a mission from Earth. New Horizons will continue on its adventure deeper into the Kuiper Belt, where thousands of objects hold frozen clues as to how the solar system formed.

“Following in the footsteps of planetary exploration missions such as Mariner, Pioneer and Voyager, New Horizons has triumphed at Pluto,” says New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “The New Horizons flyby completes the first era of planetary reconnaissance, a half century long endeavor that will forever be a legacy of our time."

New Horizons is collecting so much data it will take 16 months to send it all back to Earth.

“On behalf of everyone at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, I want to congratulate the New Horizons team for the dedication, skill, creativity, and determination they demonstrated to reach this historic milestone,” said APL Director Ralph Semmel. “We are proud to be a part of a truly amazing team of scientists, engineers, and mission operations experts from across our nation who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this mission.”

APL designed, built and operates the New Horizons spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. SwRI leads the mission, science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Follow the New Horizons mission on Twitter and use the hashtag #PlutoFlyby to join the conversation. Live updates also will be available on the mission Facebook page.

For more information on the New Horizons mission, including fact sheets, schedules, video and images, visit:





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Mike Buckley
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Maria Stothoff
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio

Last Updated: Aug. 7, 2017
Editor: Sarah Ramsey
Tags: New Horizons, Pluto


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