LPL Spotlight Stories
Io Volcano Observer: Following the Heat and Hunting Clues to Planet Evolution
A proposed mission called Io Volcano Observer (IVO) would visit Jupiter’s moon Io, which is a true volcanic wonderland with hundreds of erupting volcanoes gushing tons of molten lava and sulfurous gases at any moment. https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/faculty/mcewen
How Microbes in Iceland Can Teach Us About Possible Life on Mars
Dr Solange Duhamel and Dr Christopher Hamilton, based at the University of Arizona, have brought together their respective expertise in environmental microbiology and planetary science to investigate how life could survive on Mars. Fascinatingly, this has been done by exploring an area in Iceland that resembles the red planet.
UArizona-Led HiRISE Camera Helped Guide Mars Rover to the Perfect Spot
The camera also captured the descent of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
A New Way to Look for Life-Sustaining Planets
Associate Professor Daniel Apai is a member of an international team of astronomers that developed new capabilities that make it possible to directly image planets that could potentially harbor life within the habitable zone of a neighboring star system.
OSIRIS-REx to Fly a Farewell Tour of Bennu
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will swoop around Bennu one more time to collect information about how the Tough-and-Go sample collection affected the asteroid before returning home.
UArizona-Led OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure
Since its launch in September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has traveled billions of miles, mapped the surface of an asteroid in unprecedented detail, and made new scientific discoveries about near-Earth asteroids. Now, it's preparing to bring a piece of asteroid Bennu home.
With $3M NASA Grant, UArizona Scientists Will Test Mars Exploration Drones in Iceland
NASA has awarded $3.1 million to Christopher Hamilton in UArizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory to develop a drone that could act as a "field assistant" to a rover and explore previously inaccessible regions on Mars.
Striped or Spotted? Winds and Jet Streams Found on the Closest Brown Dwarf
Planetary scientists wondered if bands of winds or swirling storms dominated the atmospheres of brown dwarfs. UArizona-led research has solved the mystery.
New Data Confirm 2020 SO to be the Upper Centaur Rocket Booster from the 1960’s
Using data collected at NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and orbit analysis from the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists have confirmed that Near-Earth Object (NEO) 2020 SO is, in fact, a 1960’s-Era Centaur rocket booster.
Plumes on Icy Worlds Hold Clues About What Lies Beneath
A new model shows how brine on Jupiter’s moon Europa can migrate within the icy shell to form pockets of salty water that erupt to the surface when freezing. The findings are important for the upcoming Europa Clipper mission and may explain cryovolcanic eruptions across icy bodies in the solar system.