Carl Sagan Center Activity Report September 2017

SETI Institute scientists and staff had a busy September. The Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for September 2017 is out and can be downloaded here. Here are some highlights:

  • Peer-reviewed articles published or accepted for publication include:
    • The New Horizons and Hubble Space Telescope search for rings, dust, and debris in the Pluto-Charon system (Icarus, co-author Mark Showalter)
    • Antarctic ecosystems as planetary models: University valley as a model for Mars and Lake Untersee as a model for Europa and Enceladus (The Polar Journal, co-author Dale Andersen)
    • Bladed Terrain on Pluto: possible origins and evolution (Icarus, co-author Ross Beyer)
    • See report for more
  •  The work of SETI Institute scientists has been or will be featured at several important scientific conferences and events including:
    • European Planetary Science Congress (September 2017 – Natalie Glines, Henrik Hargitai, Virginia Gulick)
    • XVII International Conference on Science, Arts and Culture (September 2017 – Rosalba Bonaccorsi)
    • Division of Planetary Sciences Conference (October 2017 – Matt Tiscareno)
    • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (December 2017 – Janice Bishop, Michael Busch, Franck Marchis, Matt Tiscareno)
    • See report for more
  • The K2 Handbook was released which describes K2 operations, performance, data analysis, and archive products (Jeff Coughlin, Doug Caldwell)
  • SETI Institute scientists wrote for or were featured in popular media including:
    • First News U.K. (Jeff Coughlin – K2)
    • International Astronomical Union (Mark Showalter, Ross Beyer – Pluto’s Feature Names)
    • “Now This” Facebook video (Jon Richards, Seth Shostak – ATA)
    • See report for more
  • Professional and public presentations included:
    • Skype a Scientist presentation to elementary and high school scientists in Colorado, Illinois and Washington (Michael Busch – Small Bodies in the Solar System)
    • StarTalk All Stars (Seth Shostak – METI)
    • See report for more
  • The SETI Institute expedition flag was taken to Iceland by Natalie Glines and has now returned to the SETI Institute