dawn, jim green, science, messenger, juno, perseverance, curiosity, space, new horizon, nasa, gear, news

NASA

NASA is about to close an important chapter in its history. Chief Scientist Jim Green, who has worked at the agency for over 40 years, now plans to retire in early 2022. He started by developing NASA's equivalent to the internet (the Space Physics Analysis Network) shortly after he arrived in 1980, but he's best known for overseeing some of NASA's biggest space exploration projects in the past 15 years — you're likely very aware of his work.

Green directed NASA's Planetary Science Division during the Curiosity landing in 2012, and played a key role in both promoting and explaining the Mars rover to the public. He further took leading roles during the Juno probe's investigation of Jupiter, Messenger's tour of Mercury, Dawn's visit to Ceres and New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto. The scientist also greenlit plans for the Perseverance rover currently roaming Mars.

It's not yet clear who will succeed Green, although he will assist with the search for his replacement. However, it's safe to say he'll have a healthy legacy. He both nurtured missions and made them more accessible to the public — he helped explain why Curiosity, New Horizons and other vehicles were exciting. If you're pursuing a career in space science, Green's work might well have served as an inspiration.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Internet Explorer Channel Network


LATEST NEWS

NEWS RELATED

Donald Trump's campaign website was defaced by a hacker

Scott Olson via Getty Images A part of Donald Trump’s campaign website looked different than usual until Monday morning. Its “action” subdomain, which usually houses his calls to action, contained a Turkish message instead. “Do not be like those who forgot Allah, so Ally made them forget themselves. Here they…

Read more: Donald Trump's campaign website was defaced by a hacker

Fisher-Price launches a working Chatter telephone for adults

Fisher-Price If you ever wished as a child that your fake Fisher-Price telephone would actually work, well, ready your credit card, because you can now make that dream come true. The toy company has launched a special edition the iconic Chatter telephone for its 60th anniversary — one that’s fully…

Read more: Fisher-Price launches a working Chatter telephone for adults

NASA's Mars sounds open up whole new world for scientists

Perseverance is the first Mars rover to include microphones, an advancement that’s opened up a whole new world of discovery for NASA scientists keen to learn more about the distant planet. This week, the team overseeing the mission released a collection of audio recordings gathered by Perseverance since its arrival…

Read more: NASA's Mars sounds open up whole new world for scientists

Apple updates Final Cut and Logic to take advantage of new M1 Pro and Max chips

Apple Apple made much ado of its redesigned MacBook Pro’s creative prowess during its “Unleashed” event, and it’s updating its flagship media editing software to take full advantage of the improved hardware. The company has released new versions of Final Cut Pro (10.6) and Logic Pro (10.7) that make the…

Read more: Apple updates Final Cut and Logic to take advantage of new M1 Pro and Max chips

Unannounced Beats Fit Pro earbuds leak in iOS 15.1

9to5Mac Aside from a new pair of AirPods, Apple will also apparently launch a pair of Beats Fit Pro earbuds soon. According to 9to5Mac, the earbuds will be like the Beats Studio Buds which were released earlier this year, albeit with a slightly different design. The outlet found these images…

Read more: Unannounced Beats Fit Pro earbuds leak in iOS 15.1

New FCC rules could force wireless carriers to block spam texts

fizkes via Getty Images Under Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking to create targeting spam text messages. Like another recent from the agency, the policy would push wireless carriers and telephone companies to block the spam before it ever gets to your phone. “We’ve seen a…

Read more: New FCC rules could force wireless carriers to block spam texts

Here's everything Apple announced at its fall Mac event

On Monday, Apple held its second and likely last hardware event of the fall. “Unleashed” saw the company spend about an hour talking about updates to its Mac and Music product lineups. After the by-the-numbers affair that was the , Monday’s presentation was a more exciting thing to watch, thanks…

Read more: Here's everything Apple announced at its fall Mac event

How to pre-order Apple's new AirPods and MacBook Pros

Apple All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Apple’s October event focused on music and the Mac, with the…

Read more: How to pre-order Apple's new AirPods and MacBook Pros

Apple's macOS Monterey update is coming October 25th

Apple cuts the price of the second-gen AirPods to $129

Apple's latest MacBook Pros have MagSafe, SD card slots and camera notches

M1 Pro and M1 Max are Apple's high-end Mac chips

Apple's HomePod mini lineup adds three new colors

Apple Music's new $5 plan only works with Siri

Apple unveils redesigned AirPods with Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ

PS5 overtook Switch as the best-selling console in the US last month

OTHER NEWS