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UCF Researchers to Conduct Research Using First James Webb Space Telescope Images

With the first images from the telescope released this morning, here is a round-up of the many research projects UCF is working on. By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | July 11, 2022 UCF physics graduate student Olga Harrington Pinto counted down the minutes until today. She is one of eight UCF researchers and one alumna who will be …

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Arecibo Observatory Scientists Help Unravel Surprise Asteroid Mystery 

A team from the observatory publish their findings ahead of Asteroid Day, a U.N. designation aimed at increasing awareness about the threats some asteroids pose. By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | June 23, 2022 When asteroid 2019 OK suddenly appeared barreling toward Earth on July 25, 2019, Luisa Fernanda Zambrano-Marin and the team at the Arecibo Observatory in …

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NASA Selects UCF for $35 Million Mission to the Moon’s Mysterious Gruithuisen Domes

The mission will explore a region of the moon never before visited and may identify minerals and chemical resources available for future exploration. By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | June 2, 2022 NASA today tapped UCF’s dynamic duo, planetary scientists Kerri Donaldson Hanna and Adrienne Dove, to lead a $35 million science mission that will land a spacecraft on …

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National Engineering Association Honors UCF’s Space Dirt Expert

The American Society of Civil Engineers recognized Pegasus Professor of Physics Dan Britt with the Aerospace Division’s Outstanding Technical Contribution Award, one of the organization’s top honors. By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | May 6, 2022 UCF Pegasus Professor of Physics Dan Britt became the second UCF space researcher in university history to earn one of the American …

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Florida Space Institute Scientist Recognized as 2022 Orange County Distinguished Resident

By Alexandra Angeloff | April 6, 2022 UCF planetary scientist Noemí Pinilla-Alonso was recognized as Orange County’s Distinguished Resident for 2022 during a surprise ceremony on March 28. The county says the award aims to spotlight individuals who “with their work or their actions, exemplify collaboration, innovation and inclusion.” Pinilla-Alonso became a resident of Orange County in …

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