Even when she was a child, Jingnan Guo was fascinated by space. Today the 28-year-old astrophysicist from China heads a research team at the German University of Kiel. Her team developed an instrument for the US research robot CURIOSITY to measure radiation levels on the surface of Mars for the very first time.
That information will help us understand whether conditions on the Red Planet could one day be conducive to life. The 'Brilliant Minds' series on TOMORROW TODAY introduces young researchers from all over the world who have chosen to live and work in Germany.
Deutsche Welle (July 8, 2012) Last year the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for the discovery that the universe is expanding at an increasing pace. The reason, according to theory, has to be an unknown, dark energy.
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AP (Sep. 13, 2012) People across the Southwest got an early morning show in the sky, courtesy of missiles fired from New Mexico that left a brilliant white contrail on Thursday. The twisting cloud-like formation was ... watch video
Feb. 9, 2016 Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the Great Attractor. Despite being just 250 million light years ... read more
Feb. 1, 2016 The origin of matter in the universe has puzzled physicists for generations. Today, we know that matter only accounts for 5 percent of our universe; another 25 percent is constituted of dark matter. ... read more
Jan. 29, 2016 Promising new calibration tools, called laser frequency combs, could allow astronomers to take a major step in discovering and characterizing earthlike planets around other ... read more
Jan. 28, 2016 New research is broadening perspectives on time and space. Scientists challenge the long-held presumption that time evolution -- the incessant unfolding of the universe over ... read more
Jan. 29, 2016 The moon was formed from a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a 'planetary embryo' called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, ... read more
Dec. 9, 2013 In the first 300 days of the Mars Science Laboratory's surface mission, the Curiosity rover cruised around the planet's Gale Crater, collecting soil samples and investigating rock ... read more
Dec. 13, 2012 Observations from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity when Mars' moon Phobos crosses in front of the sun, like in September, help us to understand exactly where the rover is on the red planet. ... read more
Dec. 13, 2011 The Radiation Assessment Detector, the first instrument on NASA's next rover mission to Mars to begin science operations, was powered up and began collecting data Dec. 6, almost 2 weeks ahead of ... read more
Dec. 13, 2011 NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars. The research will aid in planning for future human missions to the Red Planet. ... read more