Sights, Sounds, and Science from LPL
Associate Professor of Practice Dr. Steve Kortenkamp is co-investigator for the University of Arizona's Project POEM, a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to introduce visually impaired middle and high school students to career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math.
One of the primary goals of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory when it was founded by Gerard Kuiper in 1960 was to produce the first photographic atlas of the Moon. When President John F. Kennedy declared in 1961 that the national priority was to send a human to the Moon safely by the end of the decade, that mapping became a key part of what would eventually become the Apollo project, and researchers and students from LPL and the University of Arizona played key roles.
Planetary science includes the study of the eight planets in our Solar System, but the intellectual boundaries of of the field extend far beyond. Fundamental questions about the origin and evolution of other solar systems and the existence of extraterrestrial life require broad perspectives, from the subatomic world of fundamental particles to the macroscopic world of galaxies.