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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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A chilling discovery about the universe’s molecular building blocks of life

Color-composite image of the Galactic Center and Sagittarius B2

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Chemistry’s W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry, along with colleagues at the universities of Virginia and Southern California, have provided conclusive evidence about complex organic molecules: formation of these key molecules, relevant to the origin of Earth’s living organisms such as aldehydes and ketones, is driven by a cosmic-ray-triggered nonequilibrium ...

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[VIDEO] UH-led team uses NASA’s Dawn mission to identify icy craters on Ceres

Shadowed craters on Ceres, image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Might the dwarf planet Ceres have permanent ice deposits? Using NASA’s Dawn mission, a team led by Norbert Schorghofer, an astronomer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy, has identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres. Most of these areas likely have been cold enough to trap water ice for a billion years, suggesting that ...

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[VIDEO] Architecture is key for future Mars exploration

Mars architecture_310X165

No one ever said space exploration would be comfortable. Inhospitable environments, deadly atmospheres, the possibility of storms and other natural outer space disasters—how will humans be able to both survive and thrive on places like Mars? One answer, is architecture. “Our entire lives, on other worlds, are going to be contained within the buildings we make while we’re there or ...

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[VIDEO] Newly discovered asteroid is Earth’s companion

Pan-STARRS 1 Telescope

Astronomers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) discovered a small asteroid that has been in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth. The asteroid, designated 2016 HO3, was detected in April by the Pan-STARRS telescope on Haleakalā, and subsequent research into Pan-STARRS archives revealed faint images of it as ...

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