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ADNET Systems Inc. has been awarded the Space and Earth Science Data Analysis (SESDA-IV) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. SESDA-IV is a five-year cost-plus fixed-fee contract with a total potential value of approximately $250 million.

Under SESDA-IV, ADNET will provide a broad range of services to support Earth and Space science research and development, data operations, as well as activities in information system technologies, engineering, and science communication, education and public outreach that enable the Sciences and Exploration Directorate to successfully carry out its science missions at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

SESDA is the premier Space and Earth science contract at GSFC and this award represents the third straight time ADNET Systems has been selected for this prestigious contract. Over 300 scientists, engineers, and education outreach specialists support the SESDA contract through a broad range of science disciplines, including solar and space plasma physics, astrophysics and astronomy, planetary studies, atmospheric science and climatology, oceanography, land processes, geodynamics, and solid earth geographics. “All of us at ADNET are pleased and excited to continue our partnership with NASA and we are thrilled to be selected as the SESDA contractor for the third time.” said Ashok Jha, President and CEO of ADNET.

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Super Blue Blood Moon Outreach

February 12, 2018


With January providing a rare super blue blood moon eclipse event, a SESDA 4 outreach coordinator made full use of the opportunity to share lunar science with a very curious public. Activities she used for public engagement included news features on Twitter with a twitter feed interaction between @NASAEarth and @NASAMoon and a moderated Facebook Live event which reached 828,100 individuals. Of special note was a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on January 29 featuring Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scientists which made the home page of Reddit and generated over 1,640 comments.

Heliophysics Highlights from the American Geophysical Union Meeting

February 1, 2018


The SESDA Heliophysics group was involved in numerous paper and poster presentations at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in New Orleans Louisiana in December 2017. The meeting was marked by a keynote speech by veteran news anchor Dan Rather. The group’s presentations spanned a diverse range of topics that included: highlights of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across America which was the most viewed eclipse in history; 3D visualization of the Sun using observations from the upcoming Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter missions; a community-developed open-source Python software library (SunPy) for analyzing solar data; the novel detection of quasi-periodic pulsations in the Earth’s ionosphere that are synchronized with solar activity; and anticipated results from the FOXSI SMEX mission that combines state-of-the-art grazing-incidence focusing optics with pixilated solid-state detectors to provide direct imaging of hard X-rays in solar flares.

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