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illustration of NASA's Parker Solar Probe
April 17, 2018

This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This historic mission will travel almost 90 million miles, facing brutal heat and radiation, to become the first ever to "touch the Sun."

Dr. Jeremy Drake looks at images of the Sun
March 23, 2018

On Sunday, March 25, a new program called "Finding Life in Outer Space" will debut on the Smithsonian Channel. The scientific lead for this program is Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Jeremy Drake and also features interviews with Karin Öberg from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) as well as many collective scientific efforts based at the CfA.

Ursula Marvin
March 7, 2018

On February 12, 2018, the pioneering geologist Ursula Marvin passed away. Ursula was born and raised in Vermont, and went to college at Tufts, graduating in 1943. She developed at Tufts an enduring interest in geology, which survived strong gender-based discouragement from a faculty member.