LPL Spotlight Stories
From Points of Light to Worlds: UA Explores the Solar System
A determined bunch of scientists set out to map the moon in preparation of the Apollo landings, but that was only the beginning. A new field of science blossomed, and UA scientists have been involved in nearly every U.S. space mission since.
Undergraduate Students at Work on OSIRIS-REx
When she’s not in class or training to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon, you can find undergraduate Stephanie Stewart hard at work with her teammates on OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission.
How the UA Guided Men to the Moon
The maps and images created by a small UA team at the start of the space race opened the door for lunar and planetary exploration 50 years ago.
Asteroid Hunter Amy Mainzer Joining LPL Fall 2019
UA News Press Release - June 19, 2019 Amy Mainzer , one of the world's leading scientists in asteroid detection...
Ion Beams and Atom Smashers: Secrets of Moon Rocks
Moon samples collected by the Apollo astronauts a half-century ago hold answers to questions that weren't even on scientists' minds at the time, as new technological tools provide insight into some of the oldest mysteries about the moon, the earth and the solar system.
Moon Maps, Lunar Origins and Everything Between
A theory for the origin of the moon germinated in the mind of a UA graduate student as he mapped the surface. The theory is still cited today as scientists continue to learn more about our celestial neighbor.
Dr. Laurel L. Wilkening, 1944 - 2019
Cosmochemist Laurel L. Wilkening (1944-2019) began her career at LPL in 1973, joining the faculty as an Associate Professor. Her...
LPL Expertise Key in Mapping the Moon's Surface
Press Release, UA Communications - June 5, 2019 On July 20, 1969, the first humans stepped onto the moon completing...
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.