FSI, UCF, and AO Researchers Honored With Asteroids Bearing Their Names

In a bulletin published on Friday, Working Group on Small Bodies (WGSM) of the IAU announced the researchers who had been honored with asteroids bearing their names, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the field of Planetary Science. The following honorees includes 8 current and 2 former UCF/FSI researchers and 4 colleagues at Arecibo Read More …

Claire Castillo, FSGC’s Communications Coordinator, Graduates With Some Epic Grad Pics

Claire grew up in the Space Coast/Titusville area, and attended Titusville High School before moving to Orlando to study at UCF. In April, she graduated from UCF with a Associate of Science in Nursing and in August, she graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In her spare time, she loves to surf! Claire Read More …

Noemi Pinilla-Alonso is the lead investigator on one project and a co-investigator on two others which will explore trans-Neptunian objects, Pluto and Uranus moons.

BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | MAY 3, 2021 When the James Webb Space Telescope launches later this year, UCF researcher Noemi Pinilla Alonso will be among a select group of scientists worldwide who will have more than 100 hours of observation time awarded to conduct her work. The JWST telescope, which has been described as Read More …

The James Webb Space Telescope’s First Year of Extraordinary Science Has Been Revealed

“Years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) often finds itself the butt of jokes. From satirical Webcomics to more scathing criticism, the flagship project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency is an easy target. Yet many would argue that those delays and budget concerns Read More …

Orlando-area Schoolchildren Send Nearly 100 Letters of Support to Arecibo Observatory

The letters are the latest outpouring of support for the Arecibo Observatory and its telescope, which collapsed in December 2020. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 “Pull yourself up with happyiness (sic). We are with you Arecibo, Come back strong. I’m so sorry it broke. Because it was beautiful.” These are the words of Orlando-area schoolchildren Read More …

UCF Director of Space Medicine Advises Others: Fly High, Reach the Sky!

As part of Women’s History Month, UCF is sharing stories of some of the extraordinary women on campus contributing to science and scholarship. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 From sleeping on her apartment floor as an early career physician to preparing astronauts for spacewalks, Esther Beltran has never given up following her passions. Her advice Read More …

UCF Researcher Aims to Preserve Astronauts’ Muscle Function in Space

BY MEGAN PABIAN Twenty years ago, landing people on Mars seemed like sci-fi, but with commercial spacecraft launching into space almost every month and NASA’s Mars Perseverance landing on the Red Planet last week, sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is actualizing into reality. “When the idea of astronauts actually getting to Mars became realistic, Read More …

FSI Project Among Twenty-eight Projects Selected at University of Central Florida to Receive Funding for Research

PI Dr. Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, along with Co-Is Dr. Charles Schambeau, Dr. Mário De Prá, and astronomy doctoral student Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano, were awarded funding for their research project by the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and the Provost Office SEED funding program. All of the research teams awarded received up to Read More …

UCF Satellite Launches Successfully into Space from Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Rocket

The satellite’s mission is to capture video of small particles colliding in microgravity, which will help scientists understand the earliest stages of planet formation. BY ROBERT WELLS | JANUARY 19, 2021 University of Central Florida planetary science continues its ascent as a leader in space research with another high-profile flight, this time aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne, which Read More …

Arecibo Observatory Helps Researchers Find Possible ‘First Hints’ of Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

Although the researchers used Arecibo Observatory data, they are no longer able to make observations using the observatory since it collapsed in December following broken cables in August and November. BY ROBERT WELLS | JANUARY 11, 2021 Data from Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has been used to help detect the first possible hints of low-frequency disturbances Read More …