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Columbia, MD and Moffet Field CA--April 17, 2019.  For the first time, after decades of searching, scientists have detected, the first type of molecule that ever formed in the Universe. This molecule, called helium hydride, was detected using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) for NASA.

Illustration of planetary nebula NGC 7027 and helium hydride molecules. In this planetary nebula, SOFIA detected helium hydride, a combination of helium (red) and hydrogen (blue), which was the first type of molecule to ever form in the early universe. This is the first time helium hydride has been found in the modern universe. Image credit: NASA/SOFIA/L. Proudfit/D.Rutter

Scientists believe that around 100,000 years after the big bang, helium and hydrogen combine...

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April
08,
2019
Columbia, Maryland—April 8, 2019.  Organized by the Universities Space Research Association, an independent non-profit organization, commissioned by the National Academies of Sciences to advance space- and aeronautics-related sciences exploration,
April
05,
2019
Columbia, MD. April 5, 2019. Universities Space Research Association (USRA)’s Program Director Louise Prockter, Director of LPI, was interviewed and quoted in the March 19, 2019 issue of The New York Times print edition in an article entitled
April
03,
2019
Columbia, MD and Mountain View, CA. April 3, 2019.  Researchers on SOFIA captured a cosmic light show sparked by the formation of gigantic stars -- detecting many for the first time. Forming stars glow in orange, purple and blue in front of a
March
20,
2019
Columbia, MD--March 20, 2019. Kudos to Universities Space Research Association for winning the "Davey" Award for its corporate websiite.  The International Davey Awards are the largest and most prestigious awards exclusively given to small

USRA Activities

June
29,
2018
  Mountain View, California. June 25-28, 2018. Universities Space Research Association hosted the Adiabatic Quantum Computing Conference at the Ames Research Center at Moffet Field. The Conference was a resounding success, with 223
June
25,
2018
Columbia, MD. June 25, 2018.  The 2018 Maryland Tech Invitational (MTI) competition, hosted by the Universities Space Research Association's STEMAction Center, and sponsored by Triangle Education Foundation, and the Howard Tech Council Economic
March
29,
2018
  On March 27, 2018, serveral members of USRA received the President's awards for theiir outstanding contributions to USRA.   The Distinguished Service Award went to Mr. Kin Leung, Information Technology Services. Kin Leung has supported
March
16,
2018
USRA's Genna Duberstein and Scott Wiessinger's work on the Solarium video was featured on the Maryland Public Radio.  Genna and Scott's work has been recognized through the various awards they have won in their field. For more