Topic: Space

Mile-High Mars Mounds Built by Wind and Climate Change

March 31, 2016
Mars craters compared with wind tunnel experiment

New research has found that wind carved massive mounds of more than a mile high on Mars over billions of years. 

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On Challenger Anniversary, We Need to Remember Lessons

Feb. 1, 2016
Moon Landing

Challenger and Columbia loom large in our memories. But NASA is not the only organization to forget what it learns from failures.

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Upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope Sees First Light

Nov. 2, 2015
HET

After several years and a massive team effort, one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at UT Austin's McDonald Observatory, has opened its giant eye again, achieving “first light” as the world’s third-largest optical telescope.

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Continued Support of Space Exploration is a Must

Oct. 19, 2015
Space and moon

Exploration is at the core of the American spirit, and public support for NASA’s voyages of exploration has never wavered while political support has been bipartisan. Although we live at a time of increasing partisanship and difficult budget decisions, we must continue to lead the world in discovery and continue to robustly fund the space program.

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Texas Astronomers Help Find Earth’s Older, Bigger Cousin

July 23, 2015
Kepler-452b artist's concept

UT Austin astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission have helped to discover the first near-Earth-sized planet around a Sun-like star in the “habitable zone,” the range of distances where liquid water could pool on a planet’s surface.

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