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Purdue Team Simulating Life on Mars
The air may be breathable and the location is on planet Earth, but for two weeks a multidisciplinary team of Purdue students and alumni will eat, sleep, work and live like they’re on Mars.

Meet the Purdue researcher exploring the Red Planet
One hundred forty million miles from Earth, cold winds whip dust harshly across the planet’s rocky surface. Clouds float through the thin atmosphere, and at night, two tiny moons shine in the sky. Though Mars looks like a desert now, many scientists believe water once flowed freely there, potentially fostering the development of microbial life.

Age Bias Exists Even in Outer Space - in Samples Collected by Apollo Astronauts
Because much of the evidence from Earth’s early history has been destroyed by plate tectonics and weathering, astronomers often look to the moon and Mars for clues about our beginnings. But what if some of our information from those planets is biased?

Bright Streaks on the Moon are a Product of Space Weathering
The long, bright streaks that reach out from craters on the moon are actually much longer than they appear, according to EAPS research published in the journal Icarus.

EAPS Alum Drew Feustel to Expected Become All-Time Leading U.S. Spacewalker
With this spacewalk, the 10th of his career, Feustel will tie former astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria for most spacewalks by a U.S. astronaut, and is expected to surpass him for overall spacewalking time to become the all-time leading U.S. spacewalker and second overall in spaceflight history.


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