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Three UCF Researchers Part of Nature Astronomy Articles Chronicling Spitzer Space Telescope Legacy

The papers provide an inventory of some of the greatest discoveries of the past decade and suggest targets for the next generation telescope, scheduled to launch in 2021. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | OCTOBER 8, 2020 To understand the significance of the Spitzer Space Telescope on the understanding of our solar system, think of what …

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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 …

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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 …

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UCF Provides Maps, Ice Favorability Index to Companies Looking to Mine the Moon

A UCF team creates a geological model that will give prospectors a better idea of where the moon may hide its water ice, which may play a role in future human exploration of the solar system. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | JUNE 1, 2020 | https://www.ucf.edu/news/ucf-provides-maps-ice-favorability-index-to-companies-looking-to-mine-the-moon/ The 49ers who panned for gold during California’s Gold Rush didn’t …

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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 …

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UCF Professor Part of Team Awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award

The award, named after the British science fiction writer and futurist, is one of the most prestigious space-exploration awards in the world. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | NOVEMBER 15, 2019 NASA’s New Horizons Mission Team, which includes UCF physics Professor Dan Britt, Thursday was awarded the 2019 Sir Arthur Clarke Award, one of the most prestigious space-exploration …

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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, …

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UCF to Help Researchers Seeking to use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Scheduled for launch in 2021, the telescope is anticipated to be as important to scientific discovery as the Hubble Telescope has been in the past decade. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | OCTOBER 10, 2019 The University of Central Florida soon will become a resource for researchers in Florida, Puerto Rico and Latin America seeking an opportunity to …

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Blue Origin Launch Marks UCF’s Fourth Flight into Space This Year

UCF research continues to fly into space at a pace that is keeping with the university’s reputation as a leader in space technology and planetary science. BY ROBERT WELLS | MAY 2, 2019 The successful flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket this morning from west Texas carried multiple research payloads, including one from the UCF. It …

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