LPL Spotlight Stories
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...
An Odd Ball in Space: OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Studies Asteroid Bennu Up Close
The first close-up observations by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft of its target, asteroid Bennu, confirm much of the ground-based observations but reveal new details that pose a challenge to the mission's objective of bringing back a sample of pristine material from the birth of our solar system.
UA Student-led CatSat Mission Selected by NASA
An inflatable space antenna designed by University of Arizona students is one of 16 small research satellites from 10 states NASA has selected to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard space missions planned to launch in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
UA Planetary Scientist Wins Bid to Study Moon Samples
Incoming assistant professor Jessica Barnes will have the opportunity to study a previously unopened sample of a moon rock that was collected in the early 1970s during NASA's Apollo 17 mission.
UA Study Suggests Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars
A new study conducted by UA planetary 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.