April 25 - 27, 2014
Come visit HAL5 Kids' Art Activity Testing Station!

HAL5's Panoply 2014 Comets and Catapults Testing Station

HAL5 at Panoply 2014! With a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), Panoply 2014's "Interactives" will be open to all ages to discover scientific lessons through art - lessons about velocity, centrifugal force and sound waves. Exploration will happen with interactives like Color Comets and Creative Catapults, and you can then take your Comets and Catapults to the new Panoply Testing Station - staffed by HAL5 volunteer engineers - to experiment with your creations. HAL5 Test Tent is located near the Museum of Art. Please come stop by and say hi!

HAL5 May free public program will be on Thursday, May 1, 7 pm at the Huntsville - Madison County Main Public Library's Auditorium. Dr. Barbara Cohen and Dr. Robert Coker, NASA MSFC, will be speaking to us about "The Antarctic Search for Meteorites."

Since 1976, the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) has recovered more than 25,000 specimens from meteorite stranding surfaces along the Transantarctic Mountains. The ANSMET specimens are currently the only reliable, continuous source of new, non-microscopic extraterrestrial material, and will continue to be until future planetary sample-return missions are successful. The samples already recovered provide essential "ground-truth" concerning the materials that make up the asteroids, planets and other bodies of our solar system, and their continued retrieval is the cheapest and only guaranteed way to recover new things from worlds beyond the Earth. The study of ANSMET meteorites has greatly extended our knowledge of the materials and conditions in the primeval nebula from which our solar system was born, revealed the complex and exotic geologic nature of asteroids. Collecting meteorites in Antarctica is both a community service and an amazing undertaking. We will describe the science and adventure of ASNMET from the point of view of two veterans.

About Dr. Barbara Cohen
Dr. Barbara Cohen is a planetary scientist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center interested in planetary samples from the Moon, Mars and asteroids. She earned her BS in geology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ. She is a Principal Investigator on multiple NASA research projects, a member of the Mars Exploration Rover mission team still operating the Opportunity rover, and the lead scientist for Lunar Flashlight, a lunar cubesat mission that will be launched in 2017 as an SLS secondary payload. She is the PI for the MSFC Noble Gas Research Laboratory (MNGRL) and is developing a flight version of her noble-gas geochronology technique, the Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE), for use on future planetary landers and rovers. Barbara is a veteran of the 2003-05, 2006-07, and 2013-14 ANSMET seasons.

About Dr. Rob Coker
Dr. Rob Coker got his BS in Physics & Astronomy at Caltech, then worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Deep Space Network for a few years. He then went to the University of Arizona for a Masters and PhD in Astrophysics on black hole accretion processes. After a postdoc at the University of Leeds in the UK, he worked as a staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 5 years. Since 2008, he has been a staff member at NASA MSFC working first on turbomachinery and more recently, thermal modeling of small spacecraft and life support systems. His hobbies include diving, fencing, and flying. Rob was a member of the 2012-13 ANSMET team.

The event is free and open to the public. Please see HAL5 News and Calendar page for more upcoming events.