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[VIDEO] Crew cohesion focus of second Mars simulation mission

HI-SEAS Mission 2 Crew

A new space odyssey began tonight as the six crew members of the new Hawai‘i Space Exploration and Analog Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission entered their remote habitat on the first night of a four-month-long journey. Under a dark night sky on Mauna Loa, commander Casey Stedman closed the simulated air lock behind the crew, sealing the habitat and cutting off all ... Read More »

IfA Paper wins 2013 Cozzarelli Prize

Erik Petigura and Andrew Howard

A paper co-authored by University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Andrew Howard and visiting graduate student Erik Petigura has won the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences. This prize recognizes six outstanding papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the major scientific disciplines covered by that journal. Their paper titled “The prevalence of Earth-size ... Read More »

Team performance factors the focus of new Mars simulation

Astronaut walks

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has announced the crew for the second mission of the Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program. The next extended simulation of Mars exploration here on Earth begins March 28. “The upcoming mission is focused on the social, interpersonal, and cognitive factors that affect team performance over time,” said Kim Binsted, associate professor at UH ... Read More »

Two IfA exoplanet studies included in APS top science news stories of 2013

Habitable zone around a star

The American Physical Society web page, “Physics Newsmakers of 2013” says under the heading “Exoplanets,” “2013 was another banner year for the search for another Earth” and specifically mentions two discoveries that IfA astronomers participated in: Nader Haghighipour was part of the team that found three planets orbiting star Gliese 667C in the habitable zone, and Erik Petigura and Andrew ... Read More »

The Pavel’s $10M gift invests in premier UH expertise in ocean, earth and sky

Guenther Hasinger

When Victor and Margaret (Peggy) designated the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as the primary beneficiary of their estate, they wanted to keep their identity private and preferred no personal publicity for what would turn out to be the largest estate gift to UH in UH history. Fortunately, they gave us permission to posthumously acknowledge them, and let Hawai‘i know who ... Read More »

UH astronomer named Sloan Foundation fellow

C. Baranec

Dr. Christoph Baranec of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) has been selected as one of 126 recipients of a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today in New York. Awarded annually since 1955, the two-year fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of ... Read More »

UH astronomer helps solve massive galaxy mystery

The evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years

University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer David Sanders is one of a group of scientists who have combined observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer and Herschel infrared space telescopes, and ground-based telescopes in Hawaii to assemble a coherent picture of the formation history of the most massive galaxies in the universe, from their initial burst of violent ... Read More »

Space dust carries water and organic compounds

Interplanetary dust particles and sun

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and University of California – Berkeley have discovered that interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) could deliver water and organics to the Earth and other terrestrial planets. Interplanetary dust, dust that has come from comets, asteroids, ... Read More »

Astronomer obtains the first image of a normal galaxy in the early universe

Image of movement of gas in the galaxy

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer Regina Jorgenson has obtained the first image that shows the structure of a normal galaxy in the early universe. The results were presented at the winter American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC. The galaxy, called DLA2222-0946, is so faint that it is virtually invisible at all but a few specific wavelengths. It is ... Read More »

Monsters in the dark: Supermassive black holes and their destructive habits

Blue Einstein ring

Nicholas McConnell, the IfA’s Beatrice Watson Parrent Postdoctoral Fellow, delivered an informative and entertaining talk about the largest (“supermassive”) black holes in the Universe at a Frontiers of Astronomy Community Event held on the UH Mānoa campus. The first thing McConnell explained is that supermassive black holes live in galaxies. In keeping with the Halloween theme, he began by explaining ... Read More »

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