July 2022 • Issue 169

Featured Story

Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)-authorized advisory committees provide advice to NASA at several different levels, with the Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) providing advice specific to the Planetary Science Division (PSD). The Planetary Analysis/Assessment Groups (PAGs or AGs) provide additional feedback to NASA, both through their NASA liaisons and by providing findings to the PAC […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

With less than three months until the September 26 Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) kinetic impact event, we are rapidly hurtling toward the mission’s culmination. DART — humanity’s first-ever demonstration of a planetary defense technique — is an anomaly in the Planetary Science Division’s (PSD’s) portfolio because the spacecraft is demolished at the moment its science […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

Elsevier, 2022, 232 pp., Paperback. $170.00. Machine Learning for Planetary Science presents planetary scientists with a way to introduce machine learning into the research workflow as increasingly large nonlinear datasets are acquired from planetary exploration missions. The book explores research that leverages machine-learning methods to enhance our scientific understanding of planetary data and serves […]   (read more…)
Motorbooks, 2022, 198 pp., Hardcover. $50.00. Gorgeously illustrated with NASA photography, the large-format NASA Missions to Mars examines everything from the first tentative steps toward the fourth planet to the 2021 landing of the Perseverance rover and beyond. Space exploration has always been about pushing boundaries, but perhaps the achievement that has most piqued […]   (read more…)

IDEA in Action

As you read this, think about who is in your organization, your department, and those who you closely collaborate with. Then ask yourself who is missing from the conversation and who are you listening to? Are you thinking about and acknowledging the hardships faced by different people in your group, and are you working with […]   (read more…)