November 02, 2016

November 02, 2016

Peng Receives 2016 NASA Group Achievement Award

On October 13, 2016, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the “SMAP Science Data System Team” received a 2016 NASA Group Achievement Award “for outstanding achievement in the development of the SMAP Science Data System and algorithm, producing science data for the science community and general public”.  Among the many members of the team, Jinzheng Peng (GESTAR/USRA), Code 555, was one of the recipients.  His contributions to the SMAP Team included developing the SMAP radiometer L1B TA2TB (from antenna temperature to the Earth's surface brightness temperature) algorithm, and implementing the TA2TB algorithm using Matlab.  Post-launch, Dr. Peng calibrated the SMAP radiometer and the calibration result is being used by the SMAP radiometer L1B data products. His work is an important contribution to the success of this mission. GESTAR congratulates Dr. Peng on this award. For more information on the SMAP mission, visit


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been in operation for 50 years -- chartered on May 1, 1959. The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. During the past 50-years, Goddard has been at the forefront in exploration, in technological achievement, in space science, and in studying the Earth as a system.


GESTAR conducts research collaboratively, mainly within NASA GSFC's Earth Sciences Division, but also with Solar Systems Exploration Division, Office of Education, and Office of Public Affairs. Scientists and staff at GESTAR, in collaboration with NASA and other investigators, conceive and develop new, space-based missions; provide mission requirements; conduct research that explains the behavior of Earth and other planetary systems; and create engaging media that tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery on Earth and beyond.


Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.