We’re beginning 2015 with an update on projects past and current.
This is the first issue of AMU Engineering’s monthly news.
We will be sharing information about our projects, but we’ll also include topics about space exploration, the people who make it happen, and exciting discoveries and projects that inspire us, even if we are not involved with them.
In this episode we’ll catch up on projects we’ve worked on over the past few years. And while some have come to an end like LADEE with it’s deliberate dispersal into the moon, other projects such as SAM continue to live.
To lifelong exploration,
The AMU Team
p.s. If you have an inquiries, questions, or comments please do contact us.
UPDATE: Curiosities SAM has been bringing in stunning news.
“Top 10’ stories of the past year… and this year ended with big news. Topping the list at number 1 is the discovery of organic molecules on the surface of Mars…”
“NASA’s Curiosity rover has made two of its most important observations on Mars since arriving on the planet in 2012. The rover measured a spike in levels of the organic chemical methane in the local atmosphere of its research site. Additionally, Curiosity detected other organic molecules in drill samples from a mudstone that once sat at the bottom of the lake that filled Gale crater in Mars’ ancient past.” – See more at: http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/48291/#sthash.B7ENY1Vf.dpuf
NASA Goddard Instrument Makes First Detection of Organic Matter on Mars
“The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA’s Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. Organic molecules are the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, and consist of a wide variety of molecules made primarily of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms.”
“However, organic molecules can also be made by chemical reactions that don’t involve life, and there is not enough evidence to tell if the matter found by the team came from ancient Martian life or from a non-biological process. Examples of non-biological sources include chemical reactions in water at ancient Martian hot springs or delivery of organic material to Mars by interplanetary dust or fragments of asteroids and comets.”
UPDATE: LADEE NMS: Dispersed upon the surface of the Moon after a successful Mission
LADEE NMS deliberately crashed into the moon last year; it was a successful mission and data is still being parsed.
“It’s been about a year since LADEE started its Science Mission Phase on Nov. 21, 2013, and successfully completed it on March 1, 2014. LADEE then went on to acquire low altitude data for another month and a half, before impacting the lunar surface as planned on April 18, 2014.”
“Now planetary scientists everywhere can delve into the LADEE exosphere and dust datasets!”
UPDATE: MAVEN NGIMS continues to orbit Mars and the latest new…
“Members of NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars presented early results from the spacecraft at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on December 15th.”
“The craft arrived at the Red Planet in September and so has only been observing for a couple of months — and part of that time has been spent dealing with Comet Siding Spring and a big solar flare, both of which showered particles on Mars’s atmosphere in October.”
– See more at: http://www.SkyAndTelescope.com/
Top Image Courtesy of NASA ~ Curiosity Rover