News Releases

August 23, 2011
 Come meet representatives from Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, and Ames Research Center. Explore possible collaborations in research and education. Make yourself more competitive in proposing to Alaska Space Grant and Alaska NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Solicitations. This is the ideal venue to make connections and sell your research ideas. Come find out how your...
August 4, 2011
 According to long-time GI Aurora Forecaster Chuck Deehr, a large solar event occurred near the central part of the sun on Aug. 2, 2011. Effects of the flare are expected to arrive at Earth on the evening of August 3 (GMT). High auroral activity is forecasted for the night of August 3, and perhaps the night of August 4. More information available at http://www.gi.alaska.edu/...
July 28, 2011
  Speaker: Prof. Chanchal Uberoi from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IndiaProf. Chanchal Uberoi is well-known for her work on Alfven waves, magnetic reconnection, etc. Date: Monday, August 1st Time: 3:45 pm Place: Globe Room, Elvey Building Abstract: A brief history of the establishment of the Colaba-Alibag Magnetic Observatory, Mumbai (Bombay), is given...
July 26, 2011
 As reported by DIXI meeting coordinator Don Hampton: The Deep Impact EXtended Investigation science team met at the Geophysical Institute from June 21 through June 26 to discuss the results of the flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 8, 2010. The comet flyby was accomplished using the repurposed Deep Impact spacecraft that was originally used to observe a spacecraft impact with comet...
July 14, 2011
 In June, Callum Anderson of the Geophysical Institute’s Space Physics group presented at the 2011 Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions and Geospace Environment Modeling summer workshop.  As part of a Science Highlight session, Anderson discussed “Exploring Flow Structures of Thermospheric Winds using a Bistatic Array of All-sky Imaging Fabry-Perot Spectrometers...
March 16, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Scientists are now at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks preparing to launch two NASA sounding rockets for two separate experiments. The launch window for both experiments opens on January 26, 2010 and extends until February 15, 2010.In the experiment set to launch first (on January 26 if winds are favorable), researchers from the University of...
March 16, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJan 17, 2011 CONTACT: Stevie Seibert, GI Public Relations, 907-474-5229, stevie.seibert@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—Aurora displays in the night sky are one of the pleasures Alaskans look forward to during our long winters. The intensity of the aurora is dependent on particles being emitted from the sun. Solar activity is tracked in cycles and when the sun goes into a...
March 3, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Researchers can chalk up another accomplishment for the University of Alaska’s Unmanned Aircraft Program. Based on the seal-observing performance of the program’s 40-pound ScanEagles, researchers have learned the aircraft can operate in snow and light icing conditions. This feat enhances the viability of the technology, which has proven useful...
March 3, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseThis morning, a NASA suborbital sounding rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range into an aurora display over northern Alaska at 3:45 a.m. Alaska Standard Time, allowing researchers to gather more data about the power source behind pulsating auroras.Marc Lessard of the physics department at the University of New Hampshire was the principle investigator...
March 3, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2010CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska—The launch window opened at Poker Flat Research Range at 8 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Feb. 1, 2010. Range staff members will launch two NASA sounding rockets this season that will allow researchers to better understand winds...