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While the spacecraft and instruments of the NASA Psyche Mission are being designed and built in preparation for launch to the Psyche asteroid in 2022, the miss
The dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Deep below the Earth’s surface lies a thick rocky layer called the mantle, which makes up the majority of our planet’s volume.
What if the answer to fighting disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including treatment-resistant bacteria, could be found in the use of mud as medicine — a treatment that goes back to prehistoric t
The 60 people sitting in an Arizona State University conference room in January 2017 had virtually nothing in common.
Hundreds of spaceflight research experts, biological scientists, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts gathered in September at Arizona State University to add fuel to the exploding market of space life sc
Most vacations are additive experiences: They add something to you. Scuba diving in the Maldives. A rave at Versailles. Sailing off Cape Cod.
The moon is thought to have formed 4.5 billion years ago after a planetary embryo known as “Theia” collided with proto-Earth (Earth at an early stage).
Like every bass guitar player, Ed Garnero feels good vibrations.
But his relationship with pulsing waves goes beyond wielding the biggest ax on the stage.
Lots of things have to be invented and perfected before people explore deep space: suits, radiation protection, habitats, communications.
Darlene Lim is on it.
Some students throw themselves headfirst into their studies. Others focus their energies on extracurriculars and sports.
Katie Cranmer does both.
Arizona State University continues its ascent in the national research rankings, rising to No.
The first map showing the global geology of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been completed and fully reveals a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters and other terrains.
Arizona State University is one step closer to mission development of a new lunar rover with the announcement earlier this month of funding for a NASA Planetary Mission Concept Study.
Millions of people around the world are working on making the push into space. Blue Origin is testing landers in the west Texas plains.
When Lillian Keyes visited Washington, D.C., from Poughkeepsie, New York, on Friday, she didn’t know she would have the opportunity to visit Mars as well.
Alexandra Navrotsky is back at Arizona State University and the ribbon has been cut to open the center where she will do her next great work.
Ever since its days as the imperial Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, where efficient canals reminded invading Spaniards of Venice, Mexico City has had a complicated relationship with water.
If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years ago, what would Mars look like?
Sediment samples, collected from the ocean floor, have unlocked scientific mysteries around the world.
At one time or another, we were all scientists. There is a reason a child’s first questions include: “What is it?”, “Why?” and “How?”
Until recently, if you wanted to make a map of a coral reef, you had a lot of options, all of them bad.
Among Jupiter’s 79 moons, Europa jumps out at planetary scientists. Covered in an ice crust, it has the smoothest surface of any object in the solar system.
Wildfires are widespread across the globe.
Hollywood has always imagined the arrival of beings from other worlds as the cause to run through streets screaming, call up fighter jets, or, when all else fails, send in Tom Cruise.
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Arizona State University.
Cosmochemistry expert and new ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) Director Meenakshi Wadhwa and drylands researcher
About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America.
In June, the Arizona State University-led mast-mounted camera system for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, "Mastcam-Z," was delivered to NASA’s Jet Propu
A byproduct of oil and gas production is a large quantity of toxic wastewater called brine.
Gas-giant planets orbiting close to other stars have powerful magnetic fields, many times stronger than our own Jupiter, according to a new study by a team of astrophysicists.
Fifty years ago, the Eagle landed.
“Man on the moon!” said CBS television news anchor Walter Cronkite, whose exclamation would make for worldwide headlines the next day.
As the Apollo 11 Lunar Module approached the moon's surface for the first manned landing, commander Neil Armstrong switched off the auto-targeting feature of the LM's computer and flew the spacecra
Astrophysicists know that iron (chemical symbol: Fe) is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, after lightweight elements such as hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.
The ASU-led NASA Psyche Mission is inviting undergraduate students from any university or community college in the U.S.
Editor's note: July 3 marks the start of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year.
It’s hard to imagine what the world looked like millions of years ago.
Meenakshi Wadhwa has looked up her whole life.
A decade ago, an Atlas V rocket blazed across a bright and clear Florida sky to mark the 21st century's first major lunar rendezvous.
Inspired by movie streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, an astrophysicist at the Southwest Research Institute developed a technique to look for stars likely to host giant, Jupiter-sized plane
The Arizona State University-led mast-mounted camera system for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, "Mastcam-Z," achieved a major milestone recently when the instrument was delivered to NASA’s Jet Prop
One of the most practical ways to explore strange new worlds in our solar system is to go in the opposite direction: to the bottom of the ocean.
The Arizona State University charter describes a commitment to linking innovation with the advancement of research and discovery of public value.
A new archaeological site discovered by an international and local team of scientists — including ASU researchers — working in Ethiopia shows that the origins of stone tool production are older tha
A program at Arizona State University is starting undergraduate students on a career path that could lead them to join NASA spaceflight mission teams.
On April 23 at 9:09 p.m.
Living in space is going to present problems. Lots of them. Heat. Cold. Radiation. Is the company liable for overtime pay when the ship wakes you from cryosleep ahead of time?
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Arizona State University has received a $1 million grant from NASA’s Earth Science Division to provi
In fall 2017, the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter took a series of images of the Martian moon Phobos.
Announced today in Washington, D.C., by Blue Origin, Arizona State University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Blue Origin to send payloads to
Arizona State University empowers students to find their places, like the newsroom, the trading floor or the design studio.
The ASU-led NASA Psyche Mission, a journey to a unique metal world, has been inspiring professional and amateur artists since the announcement of the mission’s
Three Arizona State University student-led payload projects launched into space Thursday at 6:34 a.m.
Two cosmochemists at Arizona State University have made the first-ever measurements of water contained in samples from the surface of an asteroid.
Each spring, high school students across the U.S. declare their college decisions, a first major step in carving their future path, and it deserves celebration.
Arizona State University President’s Professor Ariel Anbar has been selected to receive the 2019 Science Innovation Award from t
Professor and cosmochemist Meenakshi Wadhwa has been selected as the new director for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Explo
As part of Arizona State University’s efforts to advance sustainability education for
There have been five mass extinctions in the history of the Earth.
The NASA Psyche Mission is a journey to a unique metal world called Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.
A tiny piece of the building blocks from which comets formed has been discovered inside a primitive meteorite.
On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, 2017, then stalled over Texas for three days as a tropical storm.
Does instant access to huge amounts of information help or hinder how we determine what is real? What impact does social media have on how we distinguish truth from deception?
The string of volcanoes in the Cascades Arc, ranging from California’s Mount Lassen in the south to Washington’s Mount Baker in the north, has been studied by geologists for well over a century.
Sustainability shouldn’t only be taught within the walls of universities. It should also be an integral part of kindergarten through high school (K–12) curriculum.
A team of Arizona State University scientists has been using the latest space technology, combined with ground measurements, to assess the health of one of the nation’s most important sources of un
A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education is funding a major collaboration to improve education.
For 18 years, Arizona State University’s Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) has been orbiting Mars onboard
Editor's note: This profile is part of a series on outstanding School of Earth and Space Exploration alumni.
Editor's note: This profile is part of a series on outstanding School of Earth and Space Exploration alumni.
Editor's note: This profile is part of a series on outstanding School of Earth and Space Exploration alumni.
What do tiny specks of silicon carbide stardust, found in meteorites and older than the solar system, have in common with pairs of aging stars prone to eruptions?
Oxygen in the form of the oxygen molecule (O2), produced by plants and vital for animals, is thankfully abundant in Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
Editor's note: This story is part of an ASU Now series celebrating the centennial of the Gr
An English master’s student, a business sophomore and an urban planning undergrad walk into a classroom. There is no punchline here, and they are all in the right place.
A volunteer working with the NASA-led Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known white dwarf — an
Earlier this month, Arizona State University hosted the Geoscience Alliance, the nation's leading organization devoted to promoting geoscienc
NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems.
Since 1988, Arizona State University has participated in the national NASA Space Grant Program that is designed to provide STEM undergraduate and graduate student
Arizona State University researchers work all over the world from Antarctica to Mexico and Tucson to Pasadena, and a group of journalists and storytellers from the Cronkite School is following them
A clever use of nonscience engineering data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers, including an Arizona State University graduate student, measure the density of rock layer
On Thursday night, explorers gave a first report of a new land.
A packed house at Arizona State University heard the first details of the mission to study an asteroid beyond Mars.
When we think of life on Earth, we might think of individual examples ranging from animals to bacteria.
The NASA Psyche Mission is a journey to a unique metal world called Psyche, an asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
After a 35-year career as an Air Force officer, NASA scientist and astronaut for missions aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, Cady Coleman has had the rare human privilege of
Fitness goals are typically at the forefront of New Year’s resolutions for many Americans.
A Mars-orbiting camera designed and controlled at Arizona State University is the key ingredient in a project that will place a giant map of Mars on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Fluvial landscapes and the availability of water are of paramount importance for human safety and socioeconomic growth.
One of the most important large-scale artworks in the world sits in the desert of northern Arizona, where artist James Turrell has spent decades shaping the landscape into an immersive observatory.
Everyone can be an explorer — that’s the goal of Arizona State University’s NASA-funded digital teaching network, “Infiniscope.” This project is beginning its
Arizona State University sustainability scientists Rimjhim Aggarwal and
Continuing on its path as a rapidly growing research enterprise, Arizona State University reported $545 million in research expenditures for fiscal year 2017, up from $518 million in FY16, accordin
While scientists and engineers are essential to the success of a space mission, artists also play an increasingly pivotal role, providing a vital connection between the public and the mission.
A key discovery on the birth of stars and unexpected conditions in the early universe
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, newly arrived at asteroid Bennu, has found strong spectral evidence that the asteroid's rocks have undergone interactions with water at some point in their history.
Space is daunting in its enormity and tantalizing in its mysteries, and missions to explore those mysteries are audacious and ambitious. They are also expensive.
On Tuesday, Dec.
Our Milky Way Galaxy has hundreds of billions of stars and is more than 100,000 light-years across. So how do you pick your favorite star?
An international team of researchers led by Arizona State University planetary scientist David Williams has created the first global geological map of the dwarf planet Ceres.
Arizona State University research technician and Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z calibration engineer Andy Winhold waited patiently on the loading dock of ASU’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Buildin
In the latest ASU KEDtalk, Christy Till, an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, tells us
Five Arizona State University faculty members have been named President’s Professors, an honor that recognizes faculty who have made substantial contributions to undergraduate education.
What else do science and technology PhD students do when they graduate besides work in the academy?
Where did Earth's global ocean come from?
Tempe Town Lake has been a part of the city's landscape for over 19 years, and Hilairy Hartnett's lab has been measuring and collecting data there for the past 13.
The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has used its High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) to make a mosaic image of Greeley Crater on Mars.
Red-tailed hawks can live to be up to 20 years old.
In 2000, duck hunters found the body of a young woman near the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Her remains were badly decomposed, but she had long hair.
With new technology, astronomers are entering a golden age, witnessing cosmological phenomena as never before.
New observations by two Arizona State University astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have caught a red dwarf star in a violent outburst, or superflare.
Greg Asner and Robin Martin, both scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., will join Arizona State University's faculty in January 2019.
Meteorites tell us when the solar system was formed — approximately 4.6 billion years ago. But they can also tell us how.
In July 1670, observers on Earth witnessed a “new star,” or nova, in the constellation Cygnus.
Biologists know a lot about how life works, but they are still figuring out the big questions of why life exists, why it takes various shapes and sizes and how life is able to amazingly adapt to fi
“By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have life.”
In the 19th century, the German chemist August Kekulé, while enjoying a fireside nap, dreamed of a snake swallowing its own tail to help him solve the elusive structure of the six-carbon compound b
Arizona State University’s Origins Project is being transitioned into the Interplanetary Initiative, which is headed by Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the direct
At Saturday’s 41st annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, the Arizona State University-led NASA Psyche Mission’s official videography team, True Story Films, was awarded the Rocky Mountain Emmy Award f
Researchers are on the lookout for hydrogen, a key component of water, thought to reside in the moon’s ever-dark craters.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Arizona State University's Everett Shock will be awarded their prestigious 2019 Geochemi
At the moment Mexico scored a game-winning goal against Germany in the recent World Cup, two seismometers in Mexico City picked up readings
Most natural disasters drop off the news after a few days.
One of the fastest-growing techniques for producing oil and gas today involves widening cracks in hydrocarbon-bearing rock formations underground.
Researchers at Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have found that at least one type of blue clay may help fight disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including antibiot
Meteorites are totems of great power.
Arizona State University on Monday hosted the 2018 ASU Congressional Conference: Space Innovation at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus. NASA officials, private space companies, scientists and
Beginning this month, the Arizona State University-led NASA Psyche Mission is expanding its innovative “
Recent observations by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes of ultrahot Jupiter-like planets have perplexed theorists.
Scientists believe the solar system was formed some 4.6 billion years ago when a cloud of gas and dust collapsed under gravity, possibly triggered by a cataclysmic explosion from a nearby massive s
The summer monsoon in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. is known for bringing torrents of water, often filling dry stream beds and flooding urban streets.
Every year the American Geophysical Union confers its Fred Whipple Award on a geoscientist who has made outstanding contributions to planetary science.
The availability of water from underground aquifers is vital to the basic needs of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, including those of us who live in the western United States.
As Asteroid Day approaches on Saturday, don’t look up in fear — a dinosaur-killer only hits Earth once every 100 million years — but around in wonder.
Fossil records tell us that the first macroscopic animals appeared on Earth about 575 million years ago.
More than 3,700 exoplanets (planets around other stars) have been discovered over the past 30 years.
In college, science is often seen as an exclusive field — one reserved only for exceptionally bright students.
Geologists have long thought that the central section of California's famed San Andreas Fault — from San Juan Bautista southward to Parkfield, a distance of about 90 miles — has a steady creeping m
Dubbed by some as "the strangest star in the universe," the star known as KIC 8462852, Boyajian's Star, or Tabby's Star, is a little hotter than the sun and a bit brighter intrinsically.
Volcanic eruptions have a way of leaving people awestruck.
Phoenix Comic Fest will celebrate all things “geek” May 24–27, and while much of the science at the four-day event will be fiction, some will be the real
Hawaii’s Big Island has been under siege for the last two weeks due to violent activity from the Kilauea volcano, which has produced haunting images: spewing ash and toxic gases, lava pouring throu
Fire. Equipment failure. Sensor malfunction. Punctures in space suits.
About 200 to 400 million years after the Big Bang created the universe, the first stars began to appear.
Around four billion years ago, the moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth’s magnetic field is today.
One by one during the class, strange crafts fall from the sky. They look like badminton shuttlecocks, restaurant roll baskets, or aluminum Jiffy Pop domes.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected three Arizona State University faculty members to its Class of 2018.
The Arizona State University-led NASA Psyche Mission is a journey to explore a unique metal world, and it is inspiring scores of artists along the way.
About 252 million years ago, more than 90 percent of all animal life on Earth went extinct.
The sun is made almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. Earth, on the other hand, is made mostly of oxygen packed into various compounds. So are its rocky planet neighbors.
Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration recently released new research on its flagship Smart Course, "Habitable Worlds," published
On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities
On one of the most memorable days of her life, Kaye Reed found herself holding the jawbone of an ancestor who lived 2.8 million
In front of a sold-out crowd, the 2018 Founders’ Day Awards program honored members of the ASU community for the impact and excellence of their work March 21 in Tempe.
Four years after NASA was established, administrator James Webb was so inspired by a portrait of an astronaut, he ordered the creation of an agency art program.
TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool red dwarf star that is slightly larger, but much more massive, than the planet Jupiter, located about 40 light-years from the sun in the constellation Aquarius.
Considering the innovative research, sustainability-designed campuses, and the sheer size of graduating classes that result from Arizona State University, it can be hard to imagine the univer
Editor's note: Friday's events at the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center focused on helping professional athletes transition out of their playing careers, new ways of inv
Eli Perez currently stands as the sole Fulbright scholar from Mexico at Arizona State University, but that is likely to change as ASU’s Graduate College carves out more opportunities for talented i
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun, hybrid celebration — a mixture of religion and Irish folklore, symbolism and food, plus lots and lots of green beer. (The day after? Sometimes not so much fun.)
It’s 2218, and you’ve got some vacation time coming up. A hundred years ago this meant choices like the Bahamas, wine tasting in Napa or a drive through Italy.
A good book can transport the reader into a faraway universe filled with rich detail.
The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor alumni, faculty and supporters at its annual Founders’ Day Awards Dinner, set for 6 p.m.
New research shows that sections of the San Francisco Bay shoreline are sinking at rates of nearly half an inch (10 millimeters) a year.
Many universities have a presence in Washington, D.C.: a lobbyist, an internship coordinator, or a few folks who hand out swag and try to wrangle money out of federal agencies.
Long ago, about 400,000 years after the beginning of the universe —the Big Bang — the universe was dark.
Arizona State University's Open Door held its finale at the Tempe campus on Saturday, where visitors learned from ASU experts on a veritable smorgasbord of c
As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it?
For many STEM students, working for NASA is a lifelong dream. For Arizona State University's NASA Space Grant Scholars, that dream is already a reality.
At 1:45 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday, SpaceX successfully test launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, seven years after first announcing the project.
From the 2017 total solar eclipse to this week’s
Psyche, NASA’s Discovery mission to a unique metal asteroid, has a new digital home at ASU as of this week.
From an early-morning lunar eclipse “blood moon” to an evening blue “super” moon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, will be a day full of lunar excitement.
Three Arizona State University student-led payload projects have been selected to launch into space on Blue Origin’s "New Shepard" space vehicle
There are big-picture jobs, and then there’s Peter Schlosser’s mission.
He has the whole world in his hands.
More than a decade ago, ASU declared its intent to become the world leader in sustainability research and education, taking the first steps in 2004 with the launch of the Global Institute of
Some people think that STEM and liberal arts don’t go together.
The undergraduate degree in earth and space exploration at Arizona State University combines science, engineering and education to investigate Earth, its solar system and the universe.
In 2021, a spacecraft the size of a Cheerios box will carry a small telescope into Earth orbit on an unusual mission.
Alonzo Jones has one of the best jobs at Arizona State University: associate athletic director for inclusion and championship life.
Who doesn’t want to lead a championship life?
Arizona State University ranks ninth out of 719 universities in the U.S.
The night before Thanksgiving, while traveling with his family for the holiday, Jeffrey Cohen sat down in his hotel room for a Skype chat with Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow.
On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.
Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowsh
For more than 400 years, humanity has been pointing telescopes skyward, peering into the depths of space to ask fundamental questions about the nature of the universe.
Arizona State University has become a founding member of the Giant Magellan Telesc
Exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover means identifying rocks and minerals that can tell scientists more about the Red Planet and its distant past.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Ariel Anbar, a President’s Professor in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Molecular Sciences, to its first-e
A little sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. That is all it takes to keep cyanobacteria — the miniature versions of plants — happy.
In 1980, the city of Tucson and the Arizona Department of Water Resources began an ambitious plan to replenish Tucson’s depleted aquifers.
With a new round of nuclear brinkmanship between Washington and Pyongyang and the fly-by of a near-Earth asteroid in the headlines the past few weeks, the last thing we needed was another doomsday
On Aug. 17 at 5:41:04 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a burst of gravitational waves.
NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft flew past Earth at a distance of about 11,000 miles on Sept.
Two profound changes have shaped the Earth. One happened about 2 billion years ago when our atmosphere became flooded with oxygen and made way for life as we know it.
It’s a spacecraft the size of a shoebox, and, if all goes well, it will launch on a voyage to the moon in about two years.
As an out-of-state, incoming first-year student to Arizona State University, Angelica Berner decided to attend an Early Start program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
John Holloway, emeritus professor of chemistry and geology in Arizona State University's School for Molecular Sciences and world-famous experimental petrologist, died on Sept.
The Cassini space probe will end its mission early Friday morning.
Knowing the lay of the land is crucial for first responders during emergencies and for civic planners making decisions that direct a city's future.
During the total solar eclipse on Aug.
Education is what’s left after you’ve forgotten what you learned in school, Albert Einstein said.
It didn't matter that Tempe wasn't in the path of totality of Monday's solar eclipse — thousands turned up on the Tempe campus for the eclipse-viewing party hosted by the School of Earth and Space
If, like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, you want to see the sun blotted out from the sky and painted black, then you are in luck.
A loss of oxygen in global ocean seawater 94 million years ago led to a mass extinction of marine life that lasted for roughly half a million years.
A team led by geoscientists from Arizona State University and Michigan State University has used computer modeling to explain how pockets of mushy rock accumulate at the boundary between Earth's co
One of the billions of small steps man needs to take to reach Mars was taken last week.
In June 2016, an international team of 31 astronomers, led by the University of Maryland's Eleanora Troja and including Arizona State University's Nathaniel Butler, caught a massive star as it died
ASU astronomers Sangeeta Malhotra and James Rhoads, working with international teams in Chile and China, have discovered 23 young galaxies, seen as they were 800 million years after the Big Bang.
In the week marking the sixth anniversary of the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, scientists continue to make the case for space.
One small step for man ... one giant reason to celebrate each year.
From Italy to Iceland to Indonesia, volcanoes have been worshipped and venerated for centuries, seen as the abode of angry and capricious gods mollified only by fish, pigs, and holy relics.
Sometimes Arizona State University’s mission is carried out far beyond the boundaries of campus.
Editor's note: This is the first in our weeklong monsoon series.
Arizona State University geoscientist Everett Shock has collaborated with a team of life scientists from Montana State University to discover a puzzle at the junction of geochemistry and biology.
Planets get all the attention — just look at the ruckus raised when Pluto was demoted or anytime NASA announces exoplanet discoveries.
When Apollo astronauts on the moon spoke with Mission Control on Earth, there was a noticeable time gap between a statement from Tranquility Base and its immediate acknowledgment from Houston.
Volcanos that erupt explosively are the most dangerous in the world.
The “Great American Eclipse” is making a return engagement this summer.
When community college transfer students start taking courses at a larger, more complex university setting, they face a variety of challenges.
For decades, researchers have studied the interior of the Earth using seismic waves from earthquakes.
Far out in the asteroid belt, more than 200 million miles from Earth, an asteroid the size of a Volkswagen Beetle lazily orbited the sun. Then something — we’ll never know what — disturbed it.
On Oct. 13, 2014, something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
Phoenix Comicon will celebrate all things geek this weekend, including science fiction, comic books, superheroes, cosplay and fantasy.
Psyche, NASA’s Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main asteroid belt in 2026 – four years
Let’s say you have a complex, scientific story to tell, like you want to point out the irony that while researchers have determined the weight of the moon, the composition of stars and even a theor
Jupiter's moon Europa is definitely an odd place. Discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei, it was first seen in detail only in the late 1970s, after spacecraft visited the jovian system.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.
Stars are the most commonly observed objects in the universe.
Arizona State University has earned 14 National Science Foundation early career faculty awards, ranking second among all university recipients for 2017 and setting an ASU record.
NASA has selected an instrument developed by Mark Robinson of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) to map the terrain and search for evidence of
On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th
Sometimes it's OK to get a little starry-eyed.
A missing link lies in the chain of astronomers' understanding of how stars and planetary systems are born, but a team of scientists and engineers from Arizona State University's School of Earth an
Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies looks for clues about the formation of the solar system by studying the characteristics of meteorites.
Imagine you’ve devoted years and years, even decades, gathering knowledge and insights in your given fields of study.
For the first time, Arizona will be hosting the nationally recognized Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), bringing together scientists from across the country to report on new discoveries a
Less than a year ago, Arizona State University received a $10.18 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation digital learning experiences th
Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life.
If you want to eradicate a deadly disease like cancer, you’ll certainly want to call on doctors, biologists and other health professionals.
Exploring new worlds requires vision and some well-educated guesses; visual cues are nice, too.
Most of modern physics was created in the past 100 years.
Unlocking humanity’s future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat.
A series of storms recently battered northern California, causing the nation’s tallest dam to overflow and prompting the evacuation of more than 200,000 people.
Arizona State University is one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17, coming in at No.
On Sept. 8, 2016, NASA and Arizona State University embarked on a new space mission, OSIRIS-REx.
Gazing at the night sky conjures deep questions about the universe.
Microscopy. Big data. Seismology.
Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars.
Losing the truth is no less disconcerting than losing gravity. Suddenly, you’re down a rabbit hole where nothing makes sense and you don’t know what to believe.
ASU is rapidly becoming known for its out-of-this-world endeavors. From Psyche to CubeSat. From Mars to the moon. Here, in honor of Valentine’s Day, are five things we (heart) about space:
A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.
Searching for new ideas and unique experiences with the family in 2017?
Arizona State University’s Origins Project is hosting a lecture by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, where he will discuss the “Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist” at 7 p.m.
In 1968, nine sailors set off to race each other around the world single-handedly. Some quit, their boats splintered by high seas. One sunk.
Water management and drought forecasting traditionally meant physically measuring surface water or groundwater, but Arizona State University researchers are tackling the problem in a new way: from
Arizona State University’s NASA mission to visit a metal asteroid is just beginning, but the first mission that marked the school as a major player in space exploration has been under way for more
Throughout all the ages of man, there has been a particular type of person who asks the same question.
NASA has approved a mission to explore asteroids that scientists — including Arizona State University researchers behind a key component — hope will reveal details about the earliest history of the
Arizona State University’s Psyche Mission, a journey to a metal asteroid, has been selected for flight, marking the first time the school will lea
Paektu volcano, on the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and China, had its most recent eruption circa 946.
The idea started after a depressing climate conference in 2012: ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) professor Steve Desch walked away feeling that the only scientific solution anyone
The growth of private space-exploration companies, such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, has changed the way scientists do business.
We can all rest easier knowing what keeps Carolyn Forbes up at night.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.
Having grown up watching U.S. astronauts land on the surface of the Moon, Jim Bell knew he wanted to be a planetary scientist.
When people look at a landmark like a peak, they may see a few things. A mountain, first of all. Maybe some history to go with it, like a Civil War battle once being fought at its foot.
About two years from now, the most powerful rocket ever built will roar off from the Florida coast.
How do stars form deep inside clouds of molecular gas? What's the history of star formation throughout cosmic time? When did the first stars form?
About three weeks ago, Toughie died.
He was the last Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog on Earth. If you’re not familiar with the species, it may be because it was only discovered in 2005.
About 50,000 years ago, an asteroid collided with the Earth, leaving a mile-across impact crater in what is now northern Arizona.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration continues its fall semester New Discoveries Lecture Series with "Dry, drier, driest: H
Injecting wastewater deep underground as a byproduct of oil and gas extraction techniques that include fracking causes man-made earthquakes, the lead author of new research from Ar
As autumn looms and temperatures drop (at least for for most of the world), Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project stirs to life wit
Thirteen billion years ago, nearly every particle in the universe was affected by a new phenomenon: the emergence of starlight from the birth of stars in the first galaxies.
ASU’s Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) SunCube FemtoSat and the SpaceTREx team, headed by Jekan Thanga, assistant professor with the School of Earth and Space Exploration, have
The first SESE-built space instrument is off on a journey to survey an asteroid and help scientists bring back rock and soil samples from it.
Arizona State University professor Lance Gharavi is an experimental artist and scholar who has a knack for linking with interdisciplinary teams to explore difficult subjects through multimedi
A space launch is a carefully choreographed dance, with thousands of players behind the scenes working to fire a rocket into the black void and send back a precious cargo of knowledge.
Ahuna Mons is a volcano that rises 13,000 feet high and spreads 11 miles wide at its base. This would be impressive for a volcano on Earth.
Some of the mysterious grooves on the surface of Mars' moon Phobos are the result of debris ejected by impacts eventually falling back onto the surface to form linear chains of craters, according t
In movies like “Apollo 13” and “The Martian,” there are scenes where there’s a mechanical problem in space and engineers turn to a copy on the ground to fix it.
It's uncanny. Dark finger-like streaks form on dozens of Martian crater rims and hillsides as local spring warms into summer.
The April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration will kick off the fall semester New Discoveries L
Looking for another Earth?
When NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres in March 2015, mission scientists expected to find a heavily cratered body generally resembling the asteroid Vesta, Dawn's previo
For Joan it’s all about the dinosaurs. Ana, however, prefers the asteroids. Around the corner, Humberto is mesmerized by an Apollo space shuttle replica.
A record high of 65.3 million people were asylum seekers, internally displaced people or refugees in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
On June 2, a chunk of rock the size of a Volkswagen Beetle hurtled into the atmosphere over the desert Southwest at 40,000 miles per hour and broke apart over the White Mountains of eastern Arizona
Arizona State University has no shortage of high-achieving Sun Devils making their mark on the world — and being recognized for it.
Nobel laureate Edward Prescott got The Phone Call at 4 a.m., an hour typically not a harbinger of good tidings.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.
On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t
The search for life beyond Earth is one of the major drivers of space exploration.
ASU's SunCube FemtoSat will open space exploration to everyone, with launch costs as low as $3,000 for low-Earth orbit.
The universe is a dangerous place. Join Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration from 7 to 10 p.m.
Arizona State University has received a $10.18 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation digital learning experiences that incorpora
NASA has announced the selection of Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
Have you made it up before dawn to see the alignment of five planets in the skyline?
Some may have found that scene in “Gravity” where Sandra Bullock is floating untethered through space to be rather frightening, but Pye Pye Zaw thinks floating in microgravity is “majestic.”
Until recently, it took hours – sometimes days – to analyze biological samples after they were frozen in the field and brought back to the laboratory.