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2017

After the neutron stars merged, the remains of the jets that produced the gamma-ray burst continue expanding into space, as shown in this illustration. After nine days, the jet directed toward us had spread laterally enough that observers could detect its X-ray emission. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

Columbia, Maryland—October 16, 2017. A team of scientists from Universities Space Research Association (USRA) noticed on August 17, 2017, that missing data for the most recent transient event or “trigger” of the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) on-board NASA’s Fermi satellite had halted the automatic processing of the data. There was no hint that anything extraordinary was happening.                     

The Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) on Fermi, picked up a brief pulse of gamma rays that seconds lat...

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About USRA
Founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering. USRA operates scientific institutes and facilities, and conducts other major research and educational programs, under Federal funding. USRA engages the university community and employs in-house scientific leadership, innovative research and development, and project management expertise. More information about USRA is available at www.usra.edu.
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September
28,
2017
Kudos to USRA's Brian Monroe working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for his recognition by Air and Space Magazine. The publication recognized Brian's outstanding  contributions in science animations. Here is the link to
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September
19,
2017
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD), and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) today announced the launch of The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini, an interactive e-book, to
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August
25,
2017
  Staff across USRA views the Great Solar Eclipse.  August 21, 2017. From Texas to Peurto Rico and beyond, USRA staff were caught in the excitement of the eclipse. The news media captured that excitement as well.  
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August
14,
2017
Dr. Jason Link, previously of USRA served as Co-Investigator on the CREAM project which has had 7 successful Antarctic balloon flights and is expected to launch of a payload based on the balloon instruments to the International Space Station on
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How and When Did Saturn Get Those Magnificent Rings
USRA's Ed Riveria -Valentin was interviewed by the Smithsonian . Read more at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-saturn-got-those-magnificent-rings-180963088/
03
May
2017
www.smithsonianmag.com
USRA's Gerrit Verschuur Interviewed by Radio host Joel Parker
You can hear the interview here: http://howonearthradio.org/archives/5924
14
Apr
2017
howonearthradio.org
Life Bounced Back Fast after Dino-Killing Impact
29
Mar
2017
www.scientificamerican.com
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March
16,
2017
The Comptroller of the State of Maryland, Peter Franchot, visited USRA on March 15, 2017. Dr. Jeffrey Isaacson, Preseident and CEO, USRA provided an overview of USRA's breadth of capabilities and then took the Comptroller and his entourage
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