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Take Guided ‘Tour’ Of SuperCam On New Mars Rover

Mars Technica podcast gives listeners a virtual peek inside the most versatile instrument aboard the Perseverance rover. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
  • Mars Technica is a new, limited- series podcast where experts talk about the science behind the Mars Perseverance mission.
NASA’s new Perseverance rover, which just started its seven-month journey to Mars, carries on board what is likely the most versatile instrument ever created to understand the planet’s past habitability: SuperCam—and a new podcast will tell listeners all about it.
“SuperCam sits on the rover’s mast and has a laser that

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Santa Fe Activist Shares Hiroshima Day Recollections

Photograph of Hiroshima shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Photo by Shiegeo Hayashi

Stephen Fox

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped an atomic bomb  on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton


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DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Approves Climate, Atmospheric Data Collection Project

DOE/NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (DOE/NNSA) has issued a categorical exclusion for the Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions Experiment (TRACER) Project.

The project is a collaboration between the DOE Office of Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Research Facility, and the University of Houston.

Temporary, mobile facilities will be deployed for one-year at three previously disturbed sites in Harris, Brazoria


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Crews Finish Takedown Of Centrifuge Complex At Oak Ridge

View of the Centrifuge Complex area as initial stages of demolition begin in fall 2019. Courtesy/ORNL

View of the Centrifuge Complex area after demolition at the end of July. Courtesy/ORNL

EM News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — EM’s cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) took a major step forward with removal of the Centrifuge Complex in late July.

EM is working to complete significant cleanup at ETTP this year — an EM 2020 priority — and tearing down the sprawling 235,000-foot complex marks one of the final demolition projects at the site.

“Completing this project brings us significantly


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Barbara Lynn Of Los Alamos Named To Subcommittee For Governor’s Newly Created Council For Racial Justice

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the membership of the Governor’s Council for Racial Justice, an advisory group tasked with counseling the administration and monitoring state institutions, holding them accountable for taking action to end systemic racism and ensure that all persons receive fair and equal treatment and opportunities.

Barbara Lynn, of Los Alamos has been appointed to the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the new Council for Racial Justice. She is the lead human resources generalist for Los Alamos National Laboratory and former


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Moment Caught On Film Becomes Historic Photo

A moment in history: In 1992, LANL Director Siegfried Hecker and VNIIEF Scientific Director Yuli Khariton shake hands on an airfield in Russia. Photograph by Vladimir Shmakov

Vladimir Shmakov, photographer of the historic photograph. Courtesy photo.

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

In 2018, Russian scientist Vladimir Shmakov walked past the doors of the library for the Physics and Mathematics department at the Russian Federal Nuclear Center for Technical Physics (VNIITF). A display of new books caught his attention. It included a two-volume set of Doomed to Cooperate,


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U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Secures Key Victories For New Mexico In Second Appropriations Package

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) celebrated the passage of the “Minibus II” appropriations package in the House of Representatives.

The package includes the following Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills: Defense; Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-HUD.

Assistant Speaker Luján secured funding to implement his Department of Energy National Labs Jobs ACCESS Act, which was signed into law as part of last


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Los Alamos Historical Society Membership Campaign Underway … Become Part Of An Organization Dedicated To Preserving The History Of The Town That Changed The World

Board Member Sharon Snyder cuts the cake on the 50th anniversary of the Los Alamos Historical Society, which preserves, promotes and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for the community, global audience and future generations. Courtesy/LAHS

By WENDY M. HOFFMAN
Secretary
LAHS Board of Directors

Los Alamos Historical Society’s annual membership campaign is underway. It’s a chance to become part of an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the town that changed the world.

Our history, however, doesn’t focus only on the events


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LANL Builds SuperCam For Latest Mars Rover

A rendering of NASA’s Perseverance rover. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

SuperCam Lead Scientist Roger Wiens

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Roger Wiens is Los Alamos National Laboratory’s lead scientist on SuperCam, the instrument that sits atop the new Mars Rover Perseverance. He spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday about LANL’s role developing Supercam and the mission of the new Mars rover. Perseverance launched this morning at 6 a.m. on its journey to Mars. It will land Feb.18, 2021.

Perseverance joins NASA’s Curiosity Rover, launched about


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NNSA Issues Floodplain Statement Of Findings For Proposed Intersection Upgrade

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (DOE/NNSA) has issued a Floodplain Statement of Findings for the New Mexico State Road 4 and East Jemez Road Intersection at Los Alamos National Laboratory Santa Fe County, New Mexico (Statement of Findings) based on the June 2020 Floodplain Assessment and public comments.

DOE/NNSA is proposing to modify and upgrade the intersection of New Mexico State Road 4 (NM 4) and East Jemez Road (Proposed Action). The purpose of the Proposed Action is to improve safety and increase the capacity and


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