2011 News

October 2011

Beverley Elliott attended the Annual NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility) Data Manager's Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona (October 27-28, 2011).

The Earth Impact Database was awarded the Geoscience Information Society Best Website Award for 2011. The award criteria include website content, technical considerations (ease of navigation), design, organization and overall site effectiveness. Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt, an Apollo 17 astronaut, graciously accepted the award at the GSA Annual Meeting this month on behalf of PASSC.

The PASSC team attended the official opening of the Quartermain Earth Science Centre, a state of the art museum, in our Department of Earth Sciences. Faculty, staff, graduate students, the Quartermain family and the UNB president were in attendance. The Click here for the telegraph journal article. Click here for a virtual tour!

September 2011

PASSC organized a visit from Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, on September 29. He gave a presentation to first year engineering students, as well as Bliss Carmen Middle School students. John Spray gave a tour of PASSC and the High-speed Impact Research and Technology Facility. The undergraduate students, graduate students and staff at PASSC were thrilled to hear about his experiences and have the opportunity to ask questions!

August 2011

John Spray, Lucy Thompson and Kirkpong Kiatpanichagij presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in London, UK, August 8-12.

John Spray presented at the Goldschmidt Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, August 14-19.

Beverley Elliott gave an outreach presentation on Mars Exploration for the Worlds UNBound Aerospace Camp for children grades 3/4 and grades 5/6 on August 12.

John Spray was interviewed by the Telegraph Journal regarding NASA's announcement of evidence indicating that water is currently flowing on Mars. Click here for the article.

The Manicouagan team is back after a successful field season!

July 25, 2011

The High-speed Impact Research and Technology Facility broke a PASSC record today! The two-stage light gas gun achieved a projectile speed of 8.75 km/s, which exceeds instrument specifications of 8 km/s. This shot is part of ongoing high-speed testing to characterize the capabilities of the equipment in preparation for orbital debris impact damage mitigation applications.

July 2011

Lucy Thompson, Sariyna Paisarnsombat and two undergraduate field assistants departed for the Manicouagan impact structure on July 6. The team will be finishing up their field work early August.

June 2011

John Spray and Beverley Elliott attended the APXS Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the University of New Mexico (June 27-28, 2011).

John Spray presented a talk at the 10th International Space Conference on "Protection of Materials and Structures from the Space Environment" in Okinawa, Japan (June 12-17, 2011) entitled "A New High-Speed Impact Research and Technology Facility for Canada: Surface, Atmospheric and Space Applications".

Beverley Elliott, John Spray and Lucy Thompson participated in a Mars Science Laboratory mission simulation (June 1-July 1, 2011) to train for mission operations. The MSL launch window is November 25 – December 18, 2011 and the landing window is August 6 – 20, 2012.

May 2011

Tiziana Trabucchi has been chosen to be one of just 10 scientists from around the world to participate in a summer internship to help NASA evaluate future landing sites on the moon as part of the Constellation Lunar Exploration Program. Click to see the articles, article one, article two, article three, article four, article five, and article six.

April 2011

Beverley Elliott and Dr. Lucy Thompson visited Minto High School. Beverley Elliott presented a talk entitled "Earth and the Solar System" to a grade 12 class.

February 2011

Dr. John Spray and Beverley Elliott visited Dr. Ralf Gellert and the APXS lab at the University of Guelph. The APXS (the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer) is one of the instruments on the Curiosity Rover for the upcoming mission, Mars Science Laboratory.

Dr. Lucy Thompson gave a talk about Mars, impacts and space to 20 kids from the Preschool Centre.

January 2011

The PASSC team attended the William Brydone Jack celebration of an asteroid being named Asteroid 79117 Brydonejack in his honour, Click here for more information on the celebration and Click here for the Daily Gleaner article.

PASSC and Mechanical Engineering hosted visiting speaker Dr. Stephan Hundertmark from the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL), France, Click here for more information.




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