The Pine Magazine of the NAU Foundation, Fall 2023 Edition, spotlights “NAU professors, students and researchers [that] are working to answer important questions about Life on Earth … and possibly beyond.“
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, has unveiled a series of groundbreaking observations of Mars’ smaller moon, Deimos. The observations, shared during a special session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU23) in Vienna, used all three of the mission’s science instruments (EMUS, EMIRS and EXI) to reveal new details of Mars’ most mysterious moon and where it came… Read more
It’s a project that could also improve life here on Earth.
“If you think about this project—it’s pretty ambitious,” said Dr. Christopher Edwards, associate professor in NAU’s department of astronomy and planetary science.
He’s over the moon about this opportunity.
“We’re going to send a spacecraft to orbit another planet, land on its moon, pick up samples and bring it back to Earth,” Edwards explained.
Read the article and see the video of the interview at FOX 10 Phoenix
Christopher Edwards, an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, received a six-year, $650,000 grant for the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission awarded by NASA. This goal is to send an uncrewed spacecraft to Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos, to gather information about them. It also will collect surface material from Phobos, a first-of-its-kind attempt.
Read the full story at The NAU Review.
Planetary scientists from Northern Arizona University are conducting tests on soil-moisture retention on volcanic dunes located near Sunset Crater, just 20 miles north of Flagstaff. The team hopes that the data they collect will help them understand how water is stored on Mars. NAU-TV captured the important work.
Christopher Edwards shared a press release from JPL about recent findings of widespread CO2 frost on Mars and its role in regolith generation.
Read the JPL Press release here!