With the Mars 2020 rover mission just around the corner, NASA has created a Returned Sample Science Board to grapple with the scientific, technological, and policy issues that come with such a robotic venture. Members will discuss the best strategy for hauling Red Planet rock and dirt to Earth. Harry McSween, UT professor of Earth
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The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed Hap McSween, an emeritus professor at UT who has studied meteorites for almost 40 years. President Trump has said he wants NASA to refocus its energies beyond our home planet. But even planetary scientists have expressed concerns about scaling back Mission to Planet Earth.
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.
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.
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.
Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Science, received the President’s Award for research on Tuesday following President Joe DiPietro’s State of UT address.
The College of Arts and Sciences celebrated outstanding faculty with awards in diversity leadership, advising, teaching, research, academic outreach, and service on December 1 at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony held at the Holiday Inn-Downtown.
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
WBIR Channel 10 interviewed Harry “Hap” McSween about NASA’s announcement of new evidence indicating flowing water on present-day Mars.