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Discovery missions downselected – and women rule the day

May 5, 2011

The Discovery mission selections were announced today. Three missions will continue to another year of study before one is selected to be flown.

The downselected missions are: Geophysical Monitoring Station (GEMS), a Mars geophysical lander (PI Bruce Banerdt, JPL), Titan Mare Explorer (TiME), a floating lander to Titan (PI Ellen Stofan, Proxemy Research), and Comet Hopper, to land on a comet multiple times (PI Jessica Sunshine, University of Maryland). That’s 2/3 women PI’s! Congratulations Ellen and Jessica!!

NASA also elected to give three projects further funding for technology development to help them in the next round. Of these, two of three were also women – congratulations Amy Mainzer and Anita Cochran, who was profiled here on WIPS!!

I hope you read about these amazing women here, and next time you’re at a meeting or conference and see one of them, take a minute to introduce yourself and ask questions. All these women are fantastic scientists, dedicated workers, and inspiring role models for all of us.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. sutari permalink
    May 8, 2011 11:22 am

    Congratulations Jessica, Ellen, and Bruce. Not only are women making progress, but our “generation” is too! This isn’t the gray beards anymore!!

    Congrats too to all the women who proposed but were not selected. Just submitting a Discovery proposal is a huge effort and a big achievement.

  2. julie permalink
    May 6, 2011 4:34 pm

    All the downselected missions look very nice. Especially, I am excited to see that Jessica Sunshine is once again involved in (and this time leading) a comet mission. Previous ones were huge successes, and changed our understanding of comets.


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