A massive ocean lies underneath a shell of ice on Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA has funded a seismometer being developed by Arizona State University researchers that would allow them to listen to what is underneath the ice to determine things like how thick the ice is, whether it holds pockets of water, and how often that water could spill through the surface through cracks in the ice shell. ASU seismologist Edward Garnero will tell us more about what’s being dubbed a “planetary stethoscope.”
NASA has provided funding for the exploration of the asteroid Psyche, located in the asteroid belt 280 million miles from the sun. Psyche is 130 miles in diameter, and is actually thought to be the core of a failed planet. The space scientists exploring the asteroid will be led by researchers at Arizona State University, who will start by printing a 3-D model of what Psyche might look like. Lindy-Elkins-Tanton, the principal investigator of the Psyche mission and the director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will tell us more about the mission.
Arizona State University has been selected by NASA to design, build and operate a CubeSat mission. Cubesats are tiny satellites about the size of a shoe box. ASU will work on the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper, or “LunaH-Map” for short, which will produce the most detailed map to-date of the Moon’s water deposits. ASU geologist Craig Hardgrove of the School of Earth and Space Exploration proposed the mission and will be overseeing it as principal investigator and will tell us more.
NASA has chosen Arizona State University to design and operate a camera system for the Mars 2020 mission. The University will design, deliver and oversee Mastcam-Z imaging, a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras for the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020. Jim Bell, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be the principal investigator overseeing the project. He will discuss ASU’s involvement in the Mars 2020 Mission.
On Sunday, August 5th, NASA successfully landed the rover “Curiosity” on the surface of Mars. Find out more about the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission, and ASU’s involvement in it, from ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Director Kip Hodges
The space shuttle program may have ended, but a new era in space exploration is underway. NASA recently announced its latest mission – OSIRIS-REx. The mission involves learning more about earth’s history by obtaining samples of an asteroid that’s headed in this direction. Arizona State University Professor Phil Christensen talks about the mission.
The space shuttle program may have ended, but a new era inspace exploration is underway. NASA recently announced its latest mission– Osires-Rex. The mission involves learning more about earth’shistory by obtaining samples of an asteroid that’s headed in thisdirection. Arizona State University Professor Phil Christensen talks about themission.
The newly announced OSIRIS-Rex NASA mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth will include an instrument built at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). This Thermal Emission Spectrometer, similar to those used on the Mars Rovers, will be the first such instrument for spaceflight to be built at ASU. In addition to a background report on asteroids and OSIRIS-Rex, Mission Instrument Scientist Phil Christensen will discuss the technology and challenges associated with the project.
All known life on earth requires phosphorus as an essential nutrient. However, the discovery of a bacteria that uses the normally toxic element of arsenic instead of phosphorus is changing thoughts on what life on other planets might need to exist. A NASA-funded research team made the announcement about the new life on earth, and Arizona State University professors Paul Davies and Ariel Anbar co-authored the paper on the discovery. Both talk about their findings.
A discussion about the future of space exploration and NASA's efforts to return astronauts to the moon, including how ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) is making a significant contribution to the effort. Guests include SESE Director, Kip Hodges and Lawrence Krauss, Director of ASU's Origins Initiative.
NASA scientists spent some time in a lunar-like Arizona environment this month conducting their Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) tests of technology they hope to take to the moon, Mars and beyond. See what they’re working on. And hear what Kip Hodges, Director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration has to say about the future of U.S. human space flight.
Today NASA plans to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter marking the first mission in its plans to return man to the moon. We’ll take a look at Arizona State University’s important role in the project.