May and June News
Awards of recognition, Sunsets on Mars, and MOMA passes a milestone of testing.
The MOMA Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (Flight) completed and passed its workmanship vibe on May 4, 2015. This was an important milestone for the mechanical team. The vacuum housing is being welded closed for continued integration and testing NLT May 15, 2015.
Accolades For AMU
AMU’s President, Cynthia Gundersen, received a NASA Robert H Goddard Exceptional Achievement in Engineering for 24 years of outstanding support for mass spectrometer development in exploration of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Titan on April 8, 2015.
Sunsets & Blue Dust Skies
“NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission’s 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover’s location in Gale Crater.
This was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The image comes from the left-eye camera of the rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam). The color has been calibrated and white-balanced to remove camera artifacts. Mastcam sees color very similarly to what human eyes see, although it is actually a little less sensitive to blue than people are.”