My Science Life: Planetary Geologist Dr. Paul Byrne

Welcome to the My Science Life feature of Dr. Paul Byrne, assistant professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. I am a planetary geologist, and my primary areas of expertise lie in using spacecraft and field data to understand tectonic and volcanic processes on Earth and other planets.

NASA Launches World’s Smallest Satellite – Prepare For Droves Of Nano-Satellites In Space

History was made when NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched KalamSAT, the world’s smallest satellite, on June 22nd, 2017. KalamSAT, whose name is taken from the former Indian president and nuclear scientist, Dr. A. P. J.  Abdul Kalam, weighs just 64 g. The satellite was designed by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old Indian student from