UCF Researcher Awarded NASA Grant to Study Little Understood trans-Neptunian Objects

Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, a preeminent post doctoral researcher at the Florida Space Institute wins a highly competitive NASA grant. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Florida Space Institute Planetary Scientist Estela Fernández-Valenzuela has been awarded a $315,700 NASA grant to use modern day technology to analyze one of the oldest and least understood objects of Read More …

Arecibo Observatory Returns from Tropical Storm Isaias Lockdown to Track Asteroid for NASA

The National Science Foundation facility, managed by the University of Central Florida, determines that a newly discovered asteroid won’t threaten Earth. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | AUGUST 6, 2020 The Earth has one less asteroid to worry about thanks to the research of an international team of scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Asteroid 2020 Read More …

UCF Planetary Scientist Receives NASA Funding for Asteroid Research

The results may help future missions land on and sample asteroids. BY SIMONE ROUSSEAU | JULY 14, 2020 UCF planetary scientist Adrienne Dove and a team of students have teamed up with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to examine data on an asteroid experiment years in the making. The work is funded by a recently announced $200,000 grant Read More …

National Asteroid Day: A Celebration of Mysterious Small Bodies

For June 30’s day of observance, here’s a special nod to the eight asteroids making waves in the solar system — just like their UCF faculty namesakes. BY SIMONE ROUSSEAU | JUNE 30, 2020 Imagine a celestial body larger than the Statue of Liberty skyrocketing past Earth with enough energy to flatten a city. Since 2011 this Read More …

UCF Postdoctoral Researcher Detects Satellite Orbiting a Small Body in Solar System

The technique used to detect the satellite could help identify more objects, which could potentially help broaden our understanding of our solar system. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 11, 2019 https://www.ucf.edu/news/ucf-postdoctoral-researcher-detects-hunts-of-satellite-orbiting-dwarf-planet/ A University of Central Florida postdoctoral scholar has detected hints of a satellite orbiting an object beyond Neptune. Estela Fernandez-Valenzuela, a postdoctoral research associate at Read More …

FSI Team Awarded Solar System Workings Grant by NASA

Dr. Julie Brisset, research scientist at the Florida Space Institute, was awarded a Solar System Workings grant by NASA to study a potential formation scenario for rings around outer Solar System objects. Outside of the inner solar system, beyond Neptune, there are bodies called transneptunian objects that contain ices; their composition is different from asteroids Read More …

UCF’s James Webb Space Telescope proposal led by FSI’s postdoctoral researcher, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, was accepted!

UCF’s proposal to “become a resource for researchers in Florida, Puerto Rico and Latin America seeking an opportunity to use the new James Webb Space Telescope to be launched by NASA,” led by FSI’s postdoctoral researcher, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, was accepted by the Space Telescope Sciences Institute (STScI). FSI scientist, Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, and physics graduate student, Read More …

Interview with Hadarou Sare: PhD student in Aerospace, Astronautical, and Aeronautical Engineering at University at Buffalo.

After his seminar presentation on “Space Objects Detection Satellite” at FSI, we asked Hadarou a few questions about his earliest motivation for pursuing space research and what he is working on now. Here is what he shared with us: Anshare (Technical Writer, Interviewer): Why did you decide to study planetary science? Hadarou (Interviewee): When I Read More …

Interview with Clarissa Casagrande

Our technical writer had the pleasure of interviewing Clarissa Casagrande, FSI’s Mechanical Engineering and Energy in Aeronautics Intern, at the end of her five-week internship. Here is what Clarissa had to say about her time at FSI. Anshare (Technical Writer, Interviewer): What motivated you to study mechanical engineering and energy in aeronautics? Clarissa Casagrande (Mechanical Read More …