Space

Students from Kyoto University in Japan and across Arizona participated in hands-on research in Biosphere 2's ocean biome. (Photo: Martin Pepper)
Aug. 14, 2019
Ten students from Japan and Arizona gathered for the first official Space Camp Biosphere 2, where they designed Biosphere 3 to sustain human life on Mars.
An artist's conception of two merging neutron stars creating ripples in space time known as gravitational waves. (Image: NASA)
Aug. 14, 2019
University of Arizona researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey’s near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers.
The final four candidate sample collection sites shown on a map of asteroid Bennu. They are designated Nightingale, Kingfisher, Osprey and Sandpiper. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
Aug. 13, 2019
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped Bennu to identify the best spots for the spacecraft to collect a sample. The final two sites – a primary and backup – will be selected in December.
The Hubble Space Telescope took this image of Abell 370, a galaxy cluster 4 billion light-years from Earth. Several hundred galaxies are tied together by gravity. The arcs of blue light are distorted images of galaxies far behind the cluster, too faint for Hubble to see directly. (Image: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz and the HFF Team/STScI)
Aug. 9, 2019
By creating millions of virtual universes and comparing them to observations of actual galaxies, a UA-led team present a powerful new approach for studying galaxy formation.
University of Arizona researchers designed a fleet 35 of space telescopes dubbed Nautilus that will search a thousand worlds for the chemical signatures of life. (Image: Daniel Apai)
Aug. 7, 2019
UA researchers have designed a telescope that is a cheaper, lighter and more powerful option than creating telescopes using ever-larger mirrors.
Astronomers think that the expansion of the universe is regulated by both the force of gravity, which acts to slow it down, and a mysterious dark energy, which pushes matter and space apart at faster and faster speeds. In this artist's conception, dark energy is represented by the purple grid above and gravity by the green grid below. Gravity emanates from all matter in the universe, even dark matter. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Aug. 1, 2019
Two UA astronomers received Early Career Research Awards from the Department of Energy to to investigate the nature of the expanding universe and other dark mysteries.
Future space tourists take in the view during a "Saturnset tour" on one of Titan's lakes of liquid methane (Image: NASA/JPL)
July 22, 2019
Humans first explored the Earth’s moon 50 years ago, an impressive feat for sure. But what would it be like to visit some of the other moons in our solar system?
July 19, 2019
Before NASA sent Americans to the moon, University of Arizona researchers imaged and mapped the lunar surface, which allowed them to understand the moon’s geology and NASA to choose landing sites for future robotic and Apollo missions. Timothy Swindle, director of the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab, explains an innovative technique used by researchers.
Apollo 17 astronaut Ron Evans had to embark on a spacewalk just to retrieve a cassette of film, which recorded data from the first radar mapping instrument mounted on a spacecraft. (Photo: NASA)
July 16, 2019
UA scientists were instrumental in creating the first photographic atlases of the moon, which helped NASA successfully complete the Apollo 11 mission. Now, UA scientists are busy mapping worlds throughout our solar system.

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