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Decades of Growth and Discovery Mark NASA Research at UT

Through that Apollo 17 mission 45 years ago, geoscientist Lawrence “Larry” Taylor—who would go on to establish UT’s Earth and Planetary Sciences program—formed a longtime friendship and collaboration with astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt that would come to shape the collaboration between the university and NASA.

NASA Astrophysics Director to Talk about Team Building

Former NASA astrophysics director and UT alumnus Frank Martin will deliver a keynote address about team building at the UT Teaching and Learning Innovation Symposium on Wednesday, November 2. The symposium and Martin’s visit are sponsored by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, Experience Learning, and UT Libraries. Martin’s talk, “Team Building and the NASA

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Engineering Teams Up with Boeing on $2 Million NASA Project

The future of aircraft propulsion systems could be vastly improved thanks to research being conducted by the College of Engineering. NASA has tapped a joint Boeing-UT project for support, with the agency providing $2 million over four years while the aircraft company contributes a share of funding.

UT professor’s research used to prepare for next Mars mission

WATE-TV

WATE-TV interviewed Jeffrey Moersch, earth and planetary sciences professor, about his research which is laying the groundwork for the next NASA Mars rover mission set for 2020. Visit the WATE-TV website for the story. The Tennessean also featured the professor’s work.

Professor Part of NASA Team Preparing for 2020 Mars Mission

Over the next five years, Jeffrey Moersch will be traveling to faraway places—from the Arctic to the Chilean desert—in a quest to learn more about a place even farther away—Mars. The earth and planetary sciences professor is part of a new NASA-funded research team helping prepare for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The interdisciplinary team is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is one of seven to receive a five-year grant of about $8 million.

Student Commands Mars Rover

UT physics doctoral student Chris Tate is working with Jeffrey Moersch, associate professor in UT's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, on the Curiosity mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Children are often mystified by remote control cars and how they can control them with a device while standing several feet away from them. This past week, Chris Tate was mystified by the same power—only he was controlling something 150 million miles away, on another planet. The UT physics doctoral student had the rare opportunity to control one of the science instruments on NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars.