October 2019 • Issue 158

Featured Story

This year marks the 80th anniversary of NASA’s Ames Research Center, situated in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Before the advent of both NASA and Silicon Valley, Ames was already evolving as a special place where state-of-the-art facilities and world-class talent melded to produce cutting-edge research in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, and simulation.  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

As I reflect on the 80th anniversary of NASA’s Ames Research Center, I cannot help being reminded of the very word chosen to depict the center’s core value:  Research. Originally founded in 1939 to conduct important wind-tunnel research for aircraft structures, Ames’ excellence in basic and applied research establishes it as a key player in […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

Philosophers and poets in times past tried to figure out why the stainless Moon “smoothly polished, like a diamond,” in Dante’s words, had stains. The agreed solution was that, like a mirror, it reflected the imperfect Earth.   (read more…)
For many years, planetary science has been taught as part of the astronomy curriculum, from a very physics-based perspective, and from the framework of a tour of the solar system — body by body.   (read more…)