Turns out that the grains covering the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, act like clingy packing peanuts—they become electrically charged and cause particles to stick to them. The study describing this finding, co-authored by UT researcher Devon Burr, was published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News
The “Hyrdolunteers” were formed in 2015 as a way for students from varying backgrounds to come together to better understand, protect, and preserve water resources in East Tennessee.
One Martian volcano may have erupted for at least 2 billion years, according to new research. The most recent study has long suggested that big volcanic centers on Mars, such as Tharsis and Elysium, could have formed as long ago as 3 or 4 billion years ago, says Harry “Hap” McSween, a geoscientist at UT who was not involved in the research.
Jeffrey Moersch will present “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Studies of Mars-like Landscapes on Earth” at this week’s Science Forum, to be held at noon Friday, February 24.
February 12 marks the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin, the biologist who shaped the way scientists study life on earth.
UT’s Joshua Emery is part of a NASA mission that could provide new insight into one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system. The project, named Lucy, is one of two recently selected by NASA to be formulated into missions. Emery will serve on the science team for Lucy.
Nature, the weekly journal of science, recently featured one of NASA’s current projects, which involves building a rover that it hopes will bring back signs of life from Mars. Harry “Hap” McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a part of the team working on the $2.4 billion project to bring back a rock from Mars, which could take place as early as July 2020.
The United Kingdom-based Daily Mail interviewed Hap McSween, a professor emeritus of earth and planetary sciences, on a recent development seen on the surface of Mars.
Earth and Planetary Sciences doctoral student Richard Cartwright was interviewed recently by Science News regarding some of his doctoral work on alluvial fans on the surface of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. Devon Burr, associate professor of planetary science, also was featured in the article.
The Christian Science Monitor interviewed UT’s Joshua Emery for a story about frozen water on the dwarf planet Ceres that could provide clues into the history of our own planet and the solar system.