10
July
2018

Houston, TX and Columbia, MD—July 10, 2018. Until  2015, it was not known whether Pluto or its largest moon, Charon, had mountains or valleys or even impact craters. After the spectacular success of New Horizons in July 2015, scientists were amazed at the towering peaks and deep valleys that were revealed in the returned data. Now, thanks to the efforts of the New Horizons team, the first official validated global map and topographic maps of these two bodies  have been published and are available to all. The maps and the process of creating them  are  described in two new research articles published in the journal Icarus.   

To create the maps, New Horizons researchers, led by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Senior Staff Scientist, Paul Schenk, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, registered all the images from the L...

Other News and Features

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June
19,
2018
Washington DC and Columbia MD. June 18, 2018. USRA's Dr. Louise Prockter, Director, LPI, was a panelist at the prestigious National Space Council meeting hosted by Vice President Pence and introduced by President Trump at the White House
June
06,
2018
News from SOFIA … SOFIA is in New Zealand! On June 5, the first 2018 Southern Hemisphere science flight was completed with the instrument GREAT (LFA/HFA configuration) on board. Overall it was a very successful flight with at least 90% of the
May
17,
2018
National Geographic's new series, “One Strange Rock”,  narrated by Will Smith, features USRA's Ed Rivera- Valentin. The episode  talks about the Arecibo telescope's ability to track distant radiowaves from space...  http://channel.nati
May
17,
2018
Universities Space Research Association scientist Patrick McGovern was interviewed by the Miles O'Brien show and the story was picked up the PBS Newshour. Click the links below: https://milesobrien.com/kilauea-volcanoes-other-worlds-alien-

USRA Activities

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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