April 2023 • Issue 172

Featured Story

Note from the Editors: In this two-part series we explore the role that citizen scientists (or amateur astronomers) play in supporting planetary exploration in the U.S. and internationally. In Part 1, Drs. Nick Lang and Michael Kelley explore the active programs that NASA uses to engage directly with citizen scientists, and Dr. Ted Stryk explores […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

As I write, I am about to travel to Kourou, French Guiana, for the launch of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission. I’m excited to have the chance to congratulate our ESA colleagues and JUICE team members in person and to wish JUICE a hearty bon voyage! But embarking on […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

Princeton University Press, 2023, 640 pp., Hardcover. $150.00. Celestial mechanics — the study of the movement of planets, satellites, and smaller bodies such as comets — is one of the oldest subjects in the physical sciences. Since the mid-twentieth century, the field has experienced a renaissance due to advances in space flight, digital computing, […]   (read more…)
William Morrow, 2022, 272 pp., Hardcover. $29.99. Deep in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, three times farther from the sun than the Earth is, orbits a massive asteroid called (16) Psyche. It is one of the largest objects in the belt, potentially containing the equivalent of the world’s total economy in metals, […]   (read more…)

IDEA in Action

NASA is awarding $11.7 million to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through the new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority in Research and Education (DEAP) opportunity. These awards will enable HBCU students and faculty to conduct innovative data science research that contributes to NASA’s missions. Technology advancements in the field of data science, […]   (read more…)
High school students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities will have a path to pursue careers in STEM with help from NASA. The agency announced Monday it has selected seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and one Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) to receive more than $3 million in funding to strengthen their support for […]   (read more…)