NASA has selected twenty-eight researchers as participating scientists for the Curiosity Mars rover mission, including Christopher Fedo of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UT. Clarksville Online featured Christopher Fedo in a story about the appointment.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News
Chris Fedo is one of the newest members of the Curiosity Mars Rover mission. Fedo, the Carden Professor of Sedimentary Geology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is one of six newcomers NASA selected for the rover’s science team.
Larry Taylor, known for his research on planetary rocks from the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, as well as terrestrial rocks and diamonds from deep within the Earth, has been elected an honorary fellow of the Russian Mineralogical Society and Russian Academy of Sciences.
February 12 marks the 207th birthday of Charles Darwin, the biologist who shaped the way scientists study life on Earth. Students will honor his birthday with Darwin Day, a paleontology-themed celebration beginning Tuesday, February 9.
Smithsonian Magazine interviewed Michael L. McKinney of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for a story about the diversity of insects and spiders that live in every room in people’s homes — unbeknownst to the residents.
The Chicago Daily Herald interviewed Larry Taylor for a story exploring how the moon may have once been part of earth.
USA Today featured UT’s Joshua Emery in a story about a mysterious bright spot that appeared on the dwarf planet Ceres.
The revelation of a digestive system in a 320-million-year-old animal sheds light on the early evolutionary history of starfish and related animals, according to a new study co-authored by a UT researcher.
A UT professor has joined the ranks of explorers who landed on the moon, studied chimpanzees, and led Antarctic expeditions.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, as part of its Mars coverage, re-released a documentary about Terraforming Mars, which featured UT’s Harry “Hap” McSween. The piece examines a massive geo-engineering project of making the dry and barren Red Planet into an Earth-like new home for humanity. McSween noted that terraforming is closer to science fiction than science, and that everything from