7. Nextbigfuture – A team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas giant planets–Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune–but have not been seen outside of the planets orbiting our Sun until now. At the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, Faherty, along with a team including Carnegie’s Andrew Monson, used the FourStar near infrared camera to detect the coldest brown dwarf ever characterized. Their findings are the result of 151 images taken over three nights and combined.
Question: What NASA or space project are you most excited about and why?
Alan Boyle – Gotta say @NewHorizons2015 – first-ever visit to Pluto, a totally different type of dwarf planet.”
Dr. Philip Metzger – I’m most excited about the Resource Prospector Mission, which is currently being developed to rove on the Moon studying the water deposits near the poles. Lunar water can be revolutionary as a resource to help humanity extend beyond a single planet.”