Topic: Space

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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From the Forty Acres to Pluto: Longhorns in Space

July 13, 2015
This picture shows the Gulf of Mexico coast at night from outer space.

As NASA’s New Horizons approaches Pluto, one alumnus will have particular cause to celebrate the accomplishment. From leading historic missions to out-of-this-world research, explore how Longhorns are changing the world with space-related projects.

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UT, Partners Approve Giant Magellan Telescope Construction

June 3, 2015
Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is poised to become to the largest optical telescope in existence, announces major milestone with 11 international partners including UT Austin.  

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Antarctica Radar to Scour Europa for Life-Supporting Environ

June 1, 2015

Ice-penetrating radar technology developed by The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics will be used to scan Europa to look for environments that could sustain life.

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Drought and Flood Prediction Gets Boost from New Texas Network and NASA Satellite

Feb. 2, 2015

A new network of underground sensors in the Texas Hill Country will arm those responsible for managing the state's finite water supply with vital information for determining the chances of drought and dangerous floods.

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