Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest: Dr. Casey Honniball, Dr. Alex Teachey, Dave Dickinson, Pam Hoffman

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Title: Weekly Space Hangout – Looking For Water On The Moon With Dr. Casey Honniball

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Description:  Today’s story:

  • The Ingenuity helicopter is about to fly.
  • Conjunctions with the Moon.
  • A possible explanation for Omuamua.
  • A new nova in Cass!

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: This week we are pleased to welcome Dr. Casey Honniball to the WSH. Casey is a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and has extensive experience in observing, instrumentation, and telescope operation.

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, she aided in the development of a submillimeter instruments that she would later help deploy to Mt. Graham and Llano de Chajnantor Observatories and to Antarctica.

As a graduate student at the University of Hawai’i she was responsible for assembly, test, and deployment of a 3-5 µm imaging interferometer (MIDAS, Mid infrared detector of atmospheric species) used for volcanological studies and as a prototype for a small satellite instrument. She co-led a large-scale survey of the mid-IR hydration properties of lunar surface using the SpeX cross-dispersed spectrograph at the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF). Dr. Honniball originated the project to use the NASA/DLR Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to search for the 6 µm molecular water signature on the lunar surface and has had two observing runs on SOFIA with 20 more hours planned. As a postdoc fellow, Dr. Honniball continues lunar observations with the IRTF and SOFIA and works to connect the 3 and 6 µm hydration bands on the Moon.

Be sure to follow Casey on Twitter (@CaseyHonniball) to stay up to date with her research.

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