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Graduate Students Laura Chaves and Adeene Denton awarded NASA FINESST Grants
08-07-2020
Two graduate students from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences have been awarded grants from Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST). Laura Chaves and Adeene Denton have been awarded as NASA FINESST for their work in planetary sciences. Of the 246 proposals for the planetary division, only 34 were selected.

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.

NASA Early Career Fellowship awarded to Dr. Michelle Thompson
07-07-2020
Dr. Michelle Thompson has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship from NASA. She is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. The NASA Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the NASA Planetary Sciences Division.

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. 

Evidence that Mars Used to Have a Ring
06-04-2020
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?

 

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