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
Sep. 28, 2016 ESA's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014, following a ten-year journey through the Solar System after its launch on 2 March 2004. ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 To determine how the universe's heavy elements -- gold, silver and many others -- came about, a team of international researchers is studying both the largest and smallest things known to us -- stars ... read more
Sep. 27, 2016 Besides providing substantive information about the atmospheres of other planets, cosmic dust particles can impact radio communications, climate and even serve as fertilizer ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 Astronomers have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 A layer of iron and other elements deep underground is the evidence scientists have long been seeking to support the hypothesis that the moon was formed by a planetary object ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 Space is filled with types of light we can't see -- from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background. Some of this invisible light ... 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