July 03, 2015

Earth / Space


Creating a stopwatch for volcanic eruptions

An ASU professor is striving to better understand the potential for future eruptions at Yellowstone volcano by studying those in the recent past.


Million-mile journey to an asteroid begins for ASU-built instrument

Built from scratch in a lab on the Tempe campus, the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer is leaving home to join a NASA mission to sample an asteroid.


Out of this world: Space instrument marks beginning of new era for ASU

Arizona State University's first all in-house designed, built and tested instrument is set to be delivered to NASA, opening a new world to faculty, researchers and students.


ASU Mars camera makes 60,000 orbits of Red Planet

The long-running NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter has carried an ASU-designed Mars camera for 14 years, longer than any previous instrument at Mars. The THEMIS camera has taken nearly 400,000 images, allowing scientists to map much of the Red Planet's surface.


Did dinosaurs enjoy Grand Canyon views? Definitely not, say researchers

Did dinosaurs roam the Grand Canyon? ASU researchers say that the canyon is much too young to have been the stomping ground of prehistoric lizards.


Students see ASU rocket club as step toward career

When test-firing different propellant options, it's a good idea to let the local police and fire departments know, said Lauren Brunacini, ASU's Daedalus Astronautics former club president.


New microgravity journal makes its debut

A new online, open-access peer-reviewed journal focusing on microgravity research has taken flight. The first issue of npj Microgravity, a joint project between Arizona State University and the Nature Publishing Group with support from NASA, is now available.


ASU researchers make science fun at Phoenix Comicon

Arizona State University researchers featured heavily in the programming at the latest Phoenix Comicon, held May 28-31. Sitting on panels that invited public engagement, they tackled a wide range of topics.


ASU scientists play key roles in new NASA mission to Jupiter's moon Europa

NASA is sending a mission to see whether Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, has conditions suitable for life, and three ASU scientists are involved with the mission's instruments.


ASU expertise results in faster, portable microbial analysis in the field

In a masterful merger of engineering, physics and biology, ASU researchers have developed a briefcase-size device that can continuously detect trace bacterial levels in the ocean, quantify microbes in the soil, detect pathogens in our food and more.

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