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March 24, 2021

We Are Back!

--- PSRD takes a look back, acknowledging patrons and subscribers, work-from-home agreements, changing funding status, and moving households thousands of miles, and a look forward to what we plan to bring you in 2021.

Written by G. Jeffrey Taylor and Linda M. V. Martel
Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Dear Readers,

We're baaaaaaaaack! We apologize for being inactive for the past half a year. We could blame the pandemic, but that was not the problem. Well, it is a problem, but not the one that caused our pages to be static. We could blame the loss of our NASA funding, but we are going to continue our public outreach in planetary science regardless. The problem was that both Linda and Jeff retired and moved with their spouses to two different states on the mainland United States (Oregon and Arizona). We can certify that moving households across the Pacific Ocean was a monumental pain in the neck (and elsewhere), but we are reasonably settled now and can get back to writing articles about the fascinating field of planetary science. We will also start to cover discoveries from space missions and tell more stories about the future of human settlement and the use of space resources to help that happen.

In 1996 we began our PSRD journey of sharing ideas and discoveries in planetary science, with our first article summarizing the work on possible fossils in Martian meteorite ALH 84001. We gratefully acknowledge our 24 years of NASA funding to produce and post articles for PSRD. The funding was important of course, but so was the encouragement we received throughout the years from three different Program Managers at NASA: Joe Boyce, Dave Lindstrom, and Jeff Grossman. Keeping the project going was a joint accomplishment between those farsighted planetary scientists at NASA Headquarters and us. We also had excellent support from the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), and from the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium (HSGC). HIGP and HSGC will continue their support by ensuring access to the HIGP servers that host PSRD now and in perpetuity, making sure you have persistent links to all our content.

Keep reading PSRD! We promise to keep writing!

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March, 2021