May 3, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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DAVINCI (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) is a proposed NASA Discovery class mission to probe the atmosphere of the second planet from the sun to its lowest reaches, and understand its composition, chemistry, and processes. A highly focused suite of instruments will determine key atmospheric components above and below the planet’s sulfuric acid cloud layer, including and especially the last several kilometers above the surface, which have not been visited since the Soviet Venera and Vega probes of the 80’s. The lower atmosphere has never been extensively sampled or accurately measured, and DAVINCI seeks to answer many outstanding questions about Earth’s “twin” planet. Principal Investigator Dr. Lori Glaze, from Goddard Space Flight Center, will introduce the mission, its goals, and its instruments. Dr. Noam Izenberg of the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory will talk about VfOx, a proposed joint effort between DAVINCI, JHU, and APL for a student-designed, built, and operated oxygen sensor to be added to the mission.
Seminar will be held in Malone Hall G33/35.