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Fifty years ago, NASA’s Ranger 7 mission had captured lunar images 1,000 times greater than ever before.

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Stars in her eyes

Stars in her eyes

Growing up in a small Arkansas farming town, Amber Straughn couldn’t help but be captivated by the clear, dark night sky, brimming with stars. As a NASA research astrophysicist, Straughn spends much of her time peering into that same mesmerizing sea of stars – only now with the world’s best telescopes.

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Science fiction meets reality

So you think engineering seems like pretty dull stuff? Think again. Projects headed by Raytheon engineers could lead us to a day when high-tech tools – like the ‘pinch’ in the flick Ocean’s Eleven – are used to cut power and paralyze the enemy. Work taking place at Raytheon Missile Systems today offers a promising […]

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Digging it Here and Abroad

Digging it Here and Abroad

“Holy cow, this is huge!” Crouched in a trench dug to excavate a Hohokam dwelling more than 600 years old, Professor Jim Watson shares his find, sweeping dirt from the edges of a large mammal bone, perhaps a deer. The dig site, on 13 acres of University of Arizona land in the Tanque Verde Valley, […]

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Mind and brain scholars embark on new consciousness research

Mind and brain scholars embark on new consciousness research

At roughly three pounds, with its complex microcircuitry of billions of neurons, the human brain centrally controls every aspect of the body. And while researchers from biologists to psychologists have claimed breakthroughs in understanding brain function on a myriad of levels, scientists are still challenged by core mysteries of what exactly goes on inside the […]

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Conquering Cancer

Conquering Cancer

Published in the Fall 2009 issue of Advancing Arizona.

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Seed (pod) – UA students take solar energy efficient dwelling to Washington

Seed (pod) – UA students take solar energy efficient dwelling to Washington

Published in the Fall 2009 issue of Advancing Arizona.

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Steps to a new moon landing viewed by ASU team

Steps to a new moon landing viewed by ASU team

An Arizona State University camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured pictures of the descent stages of five Apollo landing sites just weeks after it began circling the moon. For the first time since astronauts left the moon, scientists are able to see Apollo hardware on the lunar surface. The pictures – released Friday […]

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Lunar greenhouse prototype aims for moon settlement

Lunar greenhouse prototype aims for moon settlement

Built in a laboratory surrounded by the dusty farmland of the University of Arizona’s agricultural center, the lunar greenhouse prototype is designed for three purposes – water recycling, air revitalization, and food production – that would enable the next great leap in space exploration, a scientific base on the moon.

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New insights offered on Mercury’s terrain

New images taken during an October fly-by of Mercury reveal the Solar System’s innermost planet experienced widespread volcanic eruptions – a far more dynamic past than previously thought. Data transmitted from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft show that about 40 percent of the planet is covered by smooth plains, and the majority of that surface is likely […]

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