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[VIDEO] Lessons learned from a year on simulated Mars

HI-SEAS crewmembers outside their habitat.

For one record-breaking year, six Mars-simulation crewmembers ate, slept, worked and played in their isolated habitat on the slopes of Mauna Loa, for the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation or HI-SEAS project operated by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “A mission to Mars would be two-and-a-half to three years long. So if you really want to test out ...

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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

From left are Andrew Turner, Glen Chew, BJ Fulton, Jamal Haidar, Emily First, Amy Hruska, Bill Wright, Bob Nakata, Melia Iwamoto and Amanda Lee.

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University ...

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Brent Tully honored as ARCS Honolulu Scientist of the Year

ARCS 2016 Scientist of the Year Brent Tully, left, with ARCS Scholar of the Year BJ Fulton and UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy Director Guenther Hasinger

Expansion of the Universe may be accelerating, but so is our understanding, thanks to R. Brent Tully, ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter’s 2016 Scientist of the Year. Tully is considered a father of modern observational cosmology after 40 years of doing “cosmology up close” at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy. Since establishing the “Tully-Fisher relation” with National Radio Astronomy ...

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Project Imua team completes final tests and integration at NASA Wallops

Elena Barbour repairing ScubeR before integration.

Members of the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges’ Project Imua team have successfully completed final tests and integration of their payload at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The students from four UH community colleges finished the “remove before flight” procedures to prepare the propellant for their innovative rocket ScubeR and the camera on board its nosecone. They also integrated ...

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HI-SEAS recruiting for Mars simulation missions

A crew member from the fourth Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS mission.

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are seeking crewmembers for a new series of NASA-funded long duration space exploration analog studies. Application form for potential crewmembers These types of studies are essential for NASA to understand how teams of astronauts will perform on long-duration space exploration missions, such as those that will be required for human travel to ...

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Project Imua team ready for second NASA launch

Marcus Yamaguchi

Project Imua team members have held several successful mission simulations of their second payload named PrIME for Project Imua Multiple Experiment. Project Imua (to move forward in Hawaiian) is a joint faculty-student enterprise of four University of Hawaiʻi Community College campuses to develop small payloads for spaceflight while providing undergraduates with hands-on learning in STEM fields. This is reflected in the ...

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Planets with the highest likelihood of harboring life identified

The Habitable Zones around stars with different surface temperatures. The figure also shows an artist’s rendering of the planetary candidates and confirmed Kepler planets that are smaller than twice the size of Earth. For comparison, Venus, Earth, and Mars are also shown.

A team of astronomers known as the Kepler Habitable Zone Working Group, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy astronomer Nader Haghighipour, has identified which of the more than 4,000 exoplanets discovered by the NASA Kepler mission are most likely to be similar to our rocky home. The research describes 49 Kepler-discovered planets with radii smaller than twice ...

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere

Artists’ concept of the mechanism of heating from the Great Red Spot

Researchers from Boston University’s Center for Space Physics, using data from the Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea, operated by NASA and the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy, report today in Nature that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet’s upper atmosphere to the unusually high temperatures observed. Sunlight reaching Earth ...

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Earth-like planets among 100+ identified by UH, astronomers and NASA

100 earth-like planets

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) and the Maunakea observatories play a critical role in major astronomical discoveries. In July 2016, NASA and an international team of astronomers announced that they identified 100 new planets, including five bearing similarities to Earth. “These are planets that orbit stars, outside of our solar system, other stars,” said Assistant ...

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