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Student study sheds light on unique space rock

A UA undergrad-led project unraveled mysteries about asteroid 16 Psyche.

NASA turns its attention to Venus

The space agency aims to send two new spacecraft to Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.

Scientists rethinking volcanic theories on Mars

They are investigating evidence that the Red Planet could still be geologically active.

Planetary scientists look ahead to new airborne explorers

They say the historic Mars Ingenuity helicopter flight is only the beginning.

"Bend in the Wash: The Rancho Linda Vista Artist Community"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Searching for gamma-rays with a telescope array in the Santa Rita Mountains, and film essayist Chris Dashiell on the masterpiece “La Jetée”.

UA scientists testing drones for Mars...in Iceland

Concept designs are being developed for exploration in future NASA missions.

Exoplanets get starring role in Sierra Vista exhibit

The traveling program is designed with COVID-19 concerns in mind.

OSIRIS-REx touches an asteroid

The UA-led project is a first for NASA.

Trio of Mars missions to follow OSIRIS-REx on space exploration calendar

Planetary spacecraft from three countries are en route to the Red Planet.

ASU to launch cameras aboard new Mars rover, Emirates orbiter

ASU cameras have previously perched atop the masts of the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity Mars rovers.

Mars missions prepare to launch

Three spacecraft are scheduled to depart for February 2021 arrivals at the Red Planet.

Interplanetary visitor sweeps past Earth

Bright Neowise comet surprises space scientists in Tucson.

Adiba Nelson asks “What will it take for America to understand the pain of Black women?”

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Preserving the hidden history of one of Tucson's oldest Black communities; SpaceX launches a new era in space travel; and - was Speedway Boulevard ever really the ugliest street in America?

OSIRIS-REx passes milestone by rehearsing approach to asteroid

The first major rehearsal had the added challenge of COVID-19, which meant the mission's team could not be together for the test.

NASA considering UA-backed trip to moon of Jupiter

Exploration of the volcanic moon Io is among four choices for the future mission.

The top theory about our moon's origin was developed in Tucson

Tucson scientists published in 1975 the key theory about the moon's creation.

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