New Exoplanet Travel Poster Honors the ‘Firsts’

A new exoplanet poster was unveiled in Washington D.C. at JPL’s 20th anniversary of exoplanets celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum. The poster represents all of the ‘firsts’ in discovering the first exoplanet. Of course 51 Peg B was the breakthrough ‘first exoplanet’, a hot-Jupiter in a 4 day orbit around a Sun-like star, found by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the University of Geneva. But with every first there’s an asterisk –...

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Exoplanets 20th Anniversary – JPL Celebration in D.C.

JPL hosted a celebration at the National Air and Space Museum to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first exoplanet found around another (main-sequence) star. Many scientists, engineers, managers and students that have been involved in exoplanets gathered to watch a premiere of JPL’s short film on 20 years of exoplanets. Here are some fancy pictures from the event (click on one for slideshow): Here are some snapshots of the film viewing, hosted by Sara Seager (MIT) and Scott Gaudi...

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Bill Borucki named NASA Ames Fellow

In a ceremony today Bill Borucki, the Principle Investigator for the Kepler Mission, became the 12th NASA Ames Fellow for his long and successful career at Ames, including leading the Kepler Mission from it’s earliest concepts in the 70’s to the launch in 2009. Bill gave a speech about his 50+ years at Ames and presented an impressive timeline that showed the persistence needed to get Kepler approved by NASA and launched. Here are some photos from the event (click for...

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