Space

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters argues there needs to be an underground source of heat for liquid water to exist underneath the Martian southern polar ice cap. (Image: NASA)
Feb. 14, 2019
A new study conducted by UA planetary scientists suggests volcanoes may have been recently boiling deep below the surface of the Red Planet.
John Cocke (Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Johnston/njohnstonphotography.com)
Feb. 8, 2019
In 1969, UA scientists were the first to detect the optical flash from a pulsar — a stellar corpse thought to pack at least one-and-a-half times the mass of our sun into a neutron star.
Our Milky Way's largest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, spans about 220,000 light-years across. Two of its dwarf satellite galaxies, Messier 110 (bottom left) and Messier 32 (above Andromeda's central bulge), are visible as bright white spots in this image taken by UA astrophotographer Adam Block.
June 6, 2018
Pinning down the mass of a galaxy may seem like an esoteric undertaking, but UA scientists think it holds the key to unraveling the nature of dark matter and the fabric of our cosmos.
UA undergraduate Adriana Mitchell will travel to Japan this summer to work on Hayabusa2, an asteroid sample return mission that is a sister project to the UA-led OSIRIS-REx mission.
May 31, 2018
Goldwater Scholarship winner Adriana Mitchell of the UA will assist the Japanese on the Hayabusa2 project, an asteroid sample return mission similar to the OSIRIS-REx mission.
(Image: Vadim Sadovski/Shutterstock)
May 8, 2018
Space is more congested, contested and dangerous than ever, and UA researchers are using $6.65 million in new funding to make it more secure for the nation's satellites.
This image of Mercury was created using infrared, red and violet filters that capture wavelengths both visible and invisible to the human eye; the colors shown here are only slightly different from what the human eye would see. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL/Carnegie Institute of Washington)
April 24, 2018
Michael Sori, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, used careful mathematical calculations to determine the density of Mercury’s crust, which is thinner than anyone thought.
Wolfgang Fink: "Where does the human end, and the machine begin? Should robots have rights? This is what we will run into eventually." (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)
March 28, 2018
A manned mission to Mars can succeed only if no vital parts of the system break beyond repair — including those that are human. Technology will need to address issues before they occur, says UA professor Wolfgang Fink. With UANews video. The series Fast Forward is examining the UA's role in the convergence of the digital, physical and biological worlds.
Vishnu Reddy (right) and Tanner Campbell stand next to the RAPTORS telescope at the UA's Kuiper Space Sciences building. They would like to mount an optical sensor system on the telescope in the future. (Photo: Mari Cleven/UA Research, Discovery & Innovation)
March 22, 2018
Astronomer Vishnu Reddy and aerospace engineering graduate student Tanner Campbell are following the path of Tiangong-1, using technology they developed in only four months.
A computer simulation of superheated plasma swirling around the black hole at the center of our galaxy. (Image: Chi-Kwan Chan, Dimitrios Psaltis and Feryal Ozel)
Feb. 21, 2018
A worldwide collaboration will work on ways of processing unprecedented amounts of data in real time, with a primary goal of assisting the effort to take the first-ever pictures of a black hole. However, applications eventually could include self-driving cars, renewable energy and national defense.

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