February 20, 2024 9:43 AM

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NAU scientist joins extended OSIRIS-REx mission to visit another asteroid

Image: Artist’s rendering of the OSIRIS-APEX spacecraft firing thrusters near the surface of the asteroid Apophis. Credit: Heather Roper, NASA graphic designer Because of the potential to deepen our understanding of the solar system and beyond, NASA this week extended the missions of eight of its spacecraft, including OSIRIS-REx—and NAU planetary geologist Chris Haberle will be one


Searching for ‘ground truth’ on Mars with NASA’s Curiosity Rover – NAU

Photo : NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover explores the Gale Crater. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Launched in 2011, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover arrived on Mars in 2012 to explore the Gale Crater, acquiring rock, soil and air samples to help scientists characterize the geology of Mars and understand what the planet’s crust is

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Planetary scientists discover evidence of brief presence of water in Arabia Terra on Mars

As part of a team of collaborators from Northern Arizona University and Johns Hopkins University, NAU Ph.D. candidate Ari Koeppel recently discovered that water was once present in a region of Mars called Arabia Terra.  Arabia Terra is in the northern latitudes of Mars. Named in 1879 by Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, this ancient land covers an area slightly larger than

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