Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Read & Watch List - Week of Jan 31, 2016

Week of January 31, 2016

This section is a curated list of articles, white papers, concepts, events, videos, and data releases. Some listed items may not be current but are nonetheless quite interesting.

Articles & Sites of Interest

Concepts & White Papers



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday Morning Films - Jan 30

I decided this feature would be better with a longer run-time goal of approximately 1 hour. No theme this week.

The Quiet Revolution - 1956


United States Army Research and Development - Progress Report Number Six - Camp Century- 1964


In the Suburbs - 1957

Friday, January 29, 2016


LAMO image 16 has just been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 16 primarily features the eastern rim and interior of Jarimba crater. As noted on the Photojournal entry, the imaged region is approximately centered at 24 degrees south latitude, 22 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 16 - PIA20306

Imaging Map (2016-01-29)

Ceres simulated flyover animation from NASA

A nice animation from DLR has been posted to the NASA webpage. I requested further information in regards to the source of the data, either Survey Orbit or HAMO but haven't yet heard back. I'll update that in the future if that information becomes available.

14th SBAG: Day 3

The 14th SBAG meeting continues on day 3 today.

Agenda (pdf)

Live video feed

Of most interest to me is the presentation from the Dawn mission at the start of the meeting today (currently ongoing). Following this presentation is an update to the James Webb Space Telescope construction, which just this morning, finished installing the final mirror on the monolithic assembly.  Later this morning is several presentations on small satellite concepts and the meeting will wrap up at noon-time PST. 

I received further comment from an SBAG committee member in regards to accessing the recorded presentations. The request was forwarded on to the NASA public affairs office which should provide an answer to whether these videos can be distributed.

Dawn presentation

I unfortunately did not get to see the entire presentation this morning. I am very hopeful that it will be possible to get a link to the recording for later viewing. For the portion of the presentation that I did see, there was a plentiful amount of new information with a lot of really great slides as well. Those slides aren't yet posted but I was told they should be up by the end of the day. Watch for another update here for that. One slide I screencapped was a previously unreleased LAMO image of a portion of Haulani. Its low in resolution from the video feed, but I can imagine it is much better in appearance in the PDF slide presentation. And once again, if I receive a link for the recorded presentation, you can expect it to be in an update here as well.

Haulani crater on Ceres from the Dawn mission in LAMO

Thursday, January 28, 2016


LAMO image 15 has been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 15 features a short segment of the far northwestern portion of Kerwan crater. A large, approximately 2 kilometer diameter crater is draped in a large amount of the white material that has been linked to salt deposits. The pattern around the crater would suggest the bright material in this location may have been just below the much darker surface layer and was thrown about landscape after an object impacted the local area. The crater is also located directly on the rim of major crater, Kerwan. As noted in the Photojournal entry, the imaged region is centered at approximately 2.5 degrees south latitude, 112 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 15 - PIA20305
Imaging Map (2016-01-28)

SBAG 14: Day 2

The Small Bodies Assessment Group meeting continues today.

Agenda (pdf)

Live video feed

Yesterday's presentations about New Horizons by Alan Stern can be watched here.

Several interesting presentations should happen today. A presentation from the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) team, Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment by Andy Rivkin, and current Phase A Discovery class missions to small bodies where we will hopefully get more details about them.

I will attempt to track down all of yesterday's talks and all future talks from the meeting and post them here in an easy to locate place. It was suggested that there will be a location on the SBAG website with links to them, but I haven't yet seen anything from this meeting or previous meetings that would facilitate this.

Update: I've been in contact with SBAG in regards to the recorded video material. Apparently there is no intention to provide links to this video content. I have an email out to several committee members in regards to this as well. I'm unsure if there are restrictions to the presentations that would prevent the videos from being distributed, but I suspect that there just isn't any plan to provide access. The New Horizons presentation link was provided in error yesterday. However, I will leave the link live for as long as it works.

Requiring people to watch these meetings live to gain access to the discussed information is rather unfortunate in my opinion. Most people have jobs that would essentially prevent access the information entirely, aside from the provided PDF slide presentations, which may or may not include descriptive text for each panel. I am absolutely sure there are many people out there that have an interest in the information being discussed at the SBAG meeting but are unable to attend or watch due to schedule conflicts. By denying access to the video content, I feel that its just another closed door in the face of an interested public. Outreach is imperative to maintain an interested public and all they need to do for outreach, is to provide content to keep the public interested and wanting more. /endrant

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Going On Now: New Horizons Talk @ SBAG16

Rather short notice here, but in about half an hour, there will be a presentation from Alan Stern about New Horizons at the Small Bodies Assessment Group 2016 meeting.

Agenda (pdf)

New Horizons Slide Presentation

Live Event Feed


LAMO image 14 has been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 14 features an unnamed region, south of major crater, Yalode. The most prominent feature of the region is a very large canyon, stretching across the image. The canyon averages approximately 4 kilometers across.

LAMO 14 - PIA20304
Imaging Map (2016-1-27)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


LAMO image 13 has been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 13 features the central interior region of Dantu crater. The prominent feature of the region is the Dantu crater central ridge, likely formed shortly after impact as the liquified terrain was cooling. Also prominent is a multitude of criss-crossing canyon-like linear features, also likely formed shortly after impact as a result of the cooling terrain. Another interesting feature to note is in the bottom right portion of the ridge, there appears to be central depression in a portion of the ridge. There's little further evidence to suggest this is a volcano, but it has a strong resemblance. And finally, there is a very bright patch of material near the central bottom portion of the imaged region. As with other areas with similar appearing material, this is likely related to salt deposits of unknown origin. As noted in the Photojournal entry, the region is centered at approximately 23 degrees north latitude, 139 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 13 - PIA 20303

Imaging Map (1-26-2015)

Monday, January 25, 2016


LAMO image 12 has been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 12 features an unnamed region just north of Rongo crater. The region appears to set at the edge of a large, irregular depression. A reflective patch of material also sits at the rim of the largest crater in the region. As noted on the Photojournal entry, the region is centered at approximately 15 degrees north latitude, 351 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 12 - PIA20302

Imaging Map (1-25-2015)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weekly Read & Watch List - Week of Jan 24, 2016

Week of January 24, 2016

This section is a curated list of articles, white papers, concepts, events, videos, and data releases. Some listed items may not be current but are nonetheless quite interesting.

Articles & Sites of Interest

Concepts & White Papers

Events & Involvement



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday Morning Films - Jan 23

The Factory: How A Product Is Made 

From the Ground Up

LAMO 10 & LAMO 11

LAMO image 10 and LAMO image 11 have been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 10 features the southeastern interior region of Dantu crater. In the upper left portion of the image, numerous canyon-like linear features criss-cross around the inner region of the major crater. Several bright spots are scattered the rim as well. These bright spots have been linked to salt deposits from currently unknown sources. As noted on the Photojournal entry, the image location is centered at approximately at 20 degrees north latitude, 142 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 10 - PIA20300

LAMO 11 features a region in the southern hemisphere, east of Darzamat and northwest of Chaminuka. The region has been saturated with impact craters, suggesting this area is one of the oldest on the surface. As noted on the Photojournal entry, the image location is centered at approximately 46 degrees south latitude, 101 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 11 - PIA20301

Imaging Map (1-22-2015)

Updates today and in the future

Apologies for the slow posting this week. At my work, we were installing a new exhibition. Later on I may have some posts featuring content from the exhibition. 

Later today I will be debuting a new feature for the blog with a focus on older educational videos. There is something about the mid-atlantic accent mixed with the over-the-top wonderfully curious lives featured in these videos that makes me miss them even though I was never around to see the format disappear. This feature will likely be shifted to a Saturday morning schedule and should include a mix of videos that together, span approximately 30 minutes.

Also, LAMO 10 and LAMO 11 from Dawn will be posted today. There doesn't appear to have been a release of images to the New Horizons SOC for the second week in a row. And finally, I also plan to roll-out some new mission pages for New Horizons, Juno and possibly Voyager.

In the past I've spent hours upon hours researching and locating documents, images and other content for NASA missions to update articles on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a great resource which is why I continue to link articles in these blog posts. However, maintaining an article is extremely time consuming. Unless you sit on the article and act as a rude hawk, defending your research and writing, it can take a very short time before your efforts disappear as one person rewrites this sentence and moves this section or completely deletes an entire portion. And that has to be ok because its a community project. No single person owns an article and you have to be willing to accept that some people will disagree with how an article is written. 

Nonetheless, my eventual goal for this blog and webpage is to bring that content to this blog in a format that I can easily maintain. My hope is that it will be a very dense resource, not just for those looking to learn about NASA missions but for those that want to know how a specific instrument functions to capture data.

This is a long term goal for this page and it can't happen over-night so check in regularly as I continue to update the blog.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


LAMO image 9 has been released to the JPL Photojournal.

LAMO 9 features an unnamed region, north of Urvara crater. Notable to the region is a small network of linear features that appear canyon-like, following the the outline of other features on the terrain. As noted on the Photojournal entry, this region is located at approximately, 31 degrees south latitude, 259 degrees east longitude.

LAMO 9 - PIA20299

Imaging location map