NEOWISE and NEOCam Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Take a spacecraft that can no longer survey the realm of galaxies and repurpose it to discover thousands of much nearer asteroids and comets. Put it to sleep for 2.5 years, then wake it up and start discovering even more! JPL’s Amy Mainzer is Principal Investigator for NEOWISE, the mission using this amazing space telescope. She’d like to build the far more powerful NEOCAM next. Emily Lakdawalla gets reacquainted with the Planetary Society Student Astronauts a decade after their Mars adventure. Know where Europa is? Enceladus? Bill Nye wishes everyone knew. Bruce Betts says the best views of Venus may be nearly over for now. You can win a Year In Space Wall Calendar in the space trivia contest.