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Evidence that Mars Used to Have a Ring
Mars only has two moons: Phobos and Deimos. They’re strange, for moons, little more than lumpy, potato-shaped chunks of rock. They’re much too small for self-gravitation to have made them round. And one of them, Deimos, has an unusually tilted orbit. What does that slight tilt tell us about Deimos? About Mars?

Ancient Impact’s Seismic Waves Reveal Pluto’s Ocean, Core
Adeene Denton discusses unlocking the secrets of Pluto with

Briony H. Horgan is named Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Briony Horgan, Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences professor, is promoted to Associate Professor of the Purdue University College of Science.

The Role of a Turkish Lake in an EAPS Student’s Mars Research
Not all research happens in a lab. Particularly in the geosciences, scientists frequently travel to field locations to aid their research. Such was the experience of EAPS graduate student Bradley Garczynski, taking an eight-hour car ride after landing in Istanbul, Turkey.

EAPS Graduate Student Awarded NASA Fellowship for Mars Polar Research
Prakhar Sinha didn’t begin his career as a geologist. He was originally an engineer, receiving his degree in mechanical engineering from the Ramaiah Institute of Technology in India, then received his Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue in 2018. During that process, however, his interest moved from engineering to planetary science.


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