LPL Spotlight Stories
On Mars, Sands Shift to a Different Drum
In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists led by LPL found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles on Mars.
Researchers Find Ice Feature on Saturn’s Giant Moon
Rain, seas and a surface of eroding organic material can be found both on Earth and on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. However, on Titan it is methane, not water, that fills the lakes with slushy raindrops.
What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn’s Storms
A new technique allows researchers to dive deep into the ringed-giant's atmosphere to gain insights into Saturn's storms on a large-scale.
Ashes of a Dying Star Hold Clues about Solar System's Birth
A dust grain forged in a stellar explosion predating our solar system reveals new insights about how stars end their lives and seed the universe with the building blocks of new stars and planets.
Powerful Particles and Tugging Tides May Affect Extraterrestrial Life
Two new studies by UA space scientists may bring into question the habitability of TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets, three of which are in the habitable zone of space.
Congratulations to Dr. Michael M. Sori!
Dr. Michael Sori was presented with the Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award at the 2019 Awards of Distinction Luncheon and Ceremony,...
Alfred McEwen Appointed Regents' Professor
University Communications - April 15, 2019 The Arizona Board of Regents on April 11 confirmed the appointments of University of...
UA Study Suggests Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars
A new study conducted by LPL scientists suggests volcanoes may have been recently boiling deep below the surface of the Red Planet, which could explain the potential presence of liquid water underneath the polar ice caps.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record
By Erin Morton, OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission - December 31, 2018 At 2:43 p.m. EST on December 31, while...
Stellar Corpse Reveals Clues to Missing Stardust
The origin of stardust, which makes up most of the matter in our solar system, including us, is more complicated than previously thought, according to new observations of a mysterious object 15,000 light-years from Earth.