Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

DEEPS Alumni on the NASA DART mission

On September 26th, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the impact at 7:14 p.m. EDT.  

At the heart of the work are no fewer than six Brown University DEEPS Alumni and one faculty member (class years are Ph.D.s):

  • Olivier Barnouin, 1998;
  • Megan Bruck Syal, 2014;
  • R. Terik Daly, 2017;
  • Carolyn Ernst, 2008;
  • Angela Stickle, 2012;
  • Jessica Sunshine, 1994;
  • and Pete Schultz, Professor Emeritus/Professor (Research)

Read NASA's News Release for the full DART success story.

Illustration of a satellite approaching an asteroid.
Rendering courtesy of NASA / JHU-APL