Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News

Student Tests HoloLens for NASA, Gets Closer Look at Mars Surface

Rachel Kronyak holds a Lego version she built of the Mars rover Curiosity. To the left is a printed selfie taken by the rover.

Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon. A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.

Emery Co-Authors Study on Detection of Water on Asteroid Named Psyche

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Professor Josh Emery has helped detect water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid is the target of a proposed NASA mission. The study, published in the Astronomical Journal under the auspices of the US Geological Survey and NASA, provides evidence for water-rich minerals on Psyche, an asteroid that is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal.

Hatcher Talks to WBIR about Sinkholes

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Bob Hatcher, professor of geology, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about the potential causes of a giant sinkhole on Alcoa Highway that snarled traffic for hours and created headaches for thousands of drivers.

Science Forum: Terry Hazen to Discuss the Dynamics of Methane

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Professor Terry Hazen will present “Methane: The New Paradigm” at Friday’s Science Forum. His talk will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. His forty-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own

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Science Magazine: UT Professor Leads Curation of Asteroid Samples

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Science Magazine featured an upcoming NASA mission that launches this week to bring an asteroid sample back to Earth that could help scientists better understand the early solar system. The article mentions the role of Harry “Hap” McSween, professor emeritus of planetary geoscience, in this mission.

Professor Part of NASA Launch Team to Retrieve Asteroid Sample

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The work of Joshua Emery, Lawrence A. Taylor Associate Professor of Planetary Science, will be instrumental in a new NASA mission to bring an asteroid sample back to Earth that could help scientists better understand the early solar system.