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Full Steam Ahead Podcast Episode 74 – Purdue’s Connection to NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Mission
10-16-2020
Associate Professor of Planetary Science Briony Horgan knew she loved rocks and space while in college, but it was after reading some books by astronomer Carl Sagan that really inspired her to pursue a career in planetary science. Following her arrival at Purdue University in 2014, Horgan joined the Curiosity rover mission team in 2016 exploring the environment on Mars. And following a presentation by Horgan on the Jezero crater on Mars, NASA selected this location as a landing spot for the Perseverance rover mission to search for possible signs of life in this region on Mars. On the latest episode of Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue, FOX59’s Adam Bartels talks to Horgan about her passion for space exploration, her involvement in the NASA Mars rover missions, her hopes for these explorations, and more!

Water on Mars: Discovery of Three Buried Lakes Intrigues Scientists
09-30-2020
Two years ago, planetary scientists reported the discovery of a large saltwater lake under the ice at Mars’s south pole, a finding that was met with excitement and some skepticism. Now, researchers say they’ve confirmed the presence of that lake—and found three more. Dr. Mike Sori is a contributor to this Scientific American article.

Has life existed beyond Earth? Purdue professor going to great lengths to find out.
07-22-2020
When the NASA Mars rover Perseverance launches in the next few weeks, it will travel to Jezero Crater, which preserves evidence of a time when rivers flowed on Mars. The mission will take the next leap in space science by searching for signs of past life on the red planet. Not the Martians of comic-book science fiction, but instead ancient microbes may have lived in Mars' rivers, lakes and swamps billions of years ago. This scientifically important landing site within Jezero Crater was selected by NASA following a presentation by Briony Horgan, Purdue University associate professor of planetary science, who is a member of the Perseverance science team.

Tremblay awarded the GSA Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award
07-01-2020
The Geological Society of America (GSA) has announced that Marissa Tremblay, assistant professor of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, is the recipient of the Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award. 

Laura Pyrak-Nolte selected to receive award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists
05-12-2020
Laura Pyrak-Nolte, has been selected to receive the Society's Reginald Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. This award is given to a person who has made a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics. She developed a fluid flow vs elastic stiffness function that is an important contribution, as it provides a fundamental relation between two important and often measured properties. This relation, coupled with knowledge of fracture surface properties, provides a promising approach for inferring fluid flow properties from seismic data in fractured rock. The award will be given in Houston, TX this October.

 

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