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
Aug. 24, 2016 Astrophysicists have proposed a clever new way to shed light on the mystery of dark matter, believed to make up most of the universe. The irony is they want to try to pin down the nature of this ... read more
Aug. 24, 2016 Saturn, with its alluring rings and numerous moons, has long fascinated stargazers and scientists. After an initial flyby of Pioneer 11 in 1979, humanity got a second, much ... read more
Aug. 23, 2016 Extensive systems of fossilized riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 ... read more
Aug. 19, 2016 Comet ISON, a bright ball of frozen matter from the earliest days of the universe, was inbound from the Oort Cloud at the edge of the solar system and expected to pierce the ... read more
Aug. 19, 2016 The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second 'Goldilocks,' according to a researcher. A new study suggests that simply being in the habitable zone isn't sufficient to ... 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