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Purdue professor helps put 'ears' on Mars Perseverance rover
For more than 20 years, one Purdue University professor has worked to give us a better understanding of the planet Mars. Now, he is leading a team that accomplished something you might have to hear to believe. Purdue Planetary Science professor Roger Wiens just arrived on campus a couple of months ago, but he says the development of this technology began back in 2014. After almost five years of development, Wiens and his team have found a way to put ears on a Mars rover for the very first time.

Drones are here to stay. Academia is helping make that safe
RI&S is lending college researchers several of its products, including systems for air traffic management, weather prediction, cybersecurity and mobile radar. The equipment helps them conduct the research and development that is fundamental to innovation. Dr. Robin Tanamachi of Purdue EAPS is helping test the equipment for severe storms.

Purdue professor: Meteor caused explosion-like noise
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The explosion many people across Indiana heard on Wednesday afternoon was caused by meteor entering the earth’s atmosphere, a Purdue University professor believes. Brandon Johnson, an associate professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says that an event like Wednesday’s is not the norm for Indiana. For that fact, he added, it’s rare when we get to hear or see a meteor make such a spectacular entrance.

Researchers Discovers Importance of Carbon Cycle in Predicting Climate Change
Researchers determined that crucial sections of the global carbon cycle used to track carbon dioxide transportation in the environment are incorrect, which could dramatically change traditional carbon cycle models. Dr. Lisa Welp, of Purdue EAPS, is cited in this article by Nature World News.

‘Big boom’ in Southern Indiana believed to be a meteor explosion
Scientists believe the loud boom that was heard across several counties in South Central Indiana was caused by a meteor explosion. Scientists at Purdue watched surveillance videos that captured the noise and believe the boom can be attributed to an “air burst.” Dr. Brandon Johnson, of Purdue EAPS, is cited in this article by CBS4, Indy.


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