Mercury Crater-Naming Contest Winners Announced


The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team, coordinated through Carnegie Science, announces the winning names from its competition to name five impact craters on Mercury. The contest submissions had to be submitted by 15 January 2015, and the International Astronomical Union (IAU)—the governing body of planetary and satellite nomenclature since 1919—made the selections from a semi-final submission of 17 artists’ names.


The 2015 Years of Service Award Recipients are Named

Carnegie News

In recognition of their dedication and contributions to DTM over the years, five DTM employees were awarded the Years of Service Award on 21 April 2015.


Four Scientists with Ties to DTM Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences

On 28 April 2015, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members for their current and ongoing achievements in original research, four of which have varying ties to DTM.


DTM Seismometer Registers Nepal's Devasting Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake The devastating Saturday, 25 April 2015, earthquake that shook Nepal was registered on seismometers around the globe, including one located at DTM’s Broad Branch Road Campus in Northwest Washington D.C. This seismometer was not part of a permanent monitoring station, but just happened to be recording on a test pad in a basement laboratory over the weekend. It rather spectacularly passed its functional test.Read more...

Timothy Rodigas Shares Career Advice with Future Astronomers

Timothy Rodigas

DTM Postdoctoral Fellow Timothy Rodigas gave career advice to a visiting class of middle schoolers on how to become a scientist.

On Wednesday, 8 April 2015, Rodigas spoke to the 15 ninth graders from his alma mater, The Buckley School in New York City, about his path to becoming a scientist, specifically an astronomer.


Lara Wagner Recovers Broadband Ocean Bottom Seismometers Off the Coast of the Carolinas

Terry Cheiffetz

DTM Seismologist Lara Wagner boarded the R/V Endeavor in Providence, Rhode Island, on 26 March 2015, to recover broadband ocean bottom seismometers off the coast of the Carolinas during some very high seas. 

Despite periods of 14 foot seas with 40 knot winds during their 10 day expedition, Wagner and her team were able to successfully recover all 30 seismometers that were deployed last year at water depths between 1500 and 5200 meters.