Space Sciences

Space Sciences: Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics NASA seeks to explore the solar system and beyond. In the first few decades of this new century, NASA intends to deepen our understanding of the solar system, with spacecraft fanning out to destinations from the innermost planet to the very edge of our Sun's influence. At the same time, Astronomers will greatly advance the study of classical cosmology: the description of the universe on the largest scales and how it works. We will also begin to write the final chapter of the story of galaxies, witnessing the actual birth of these continents of stars. NASA is planning a series of missions linked by powerful new technologies and complementary approaches to shared science goals. Some of these involve research and development taking place in Arizona, and you have the potential to participate through a Space Grant Undergraduate Internship!

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  • Probing the origins of the universe?
  • Surveying lunar craters?
  • Finding water or assessing Aeolian dynamics on Mars?
  • Understanding atmospheric currents and heat flow on Venus?
  • Researching young star evolution and planet formation?
  • Observing volcanic plumes on Io?
  • Researching plasma physics?
  • Explaining bright quasars, blue dwarf galaxies or what heats asteroids?
  • Exploring novae in the Andomeda galaxy?
  • Identifying hidden black holes?
  • Observing Martian dist devils through wide angle camera images?
  • Calculating the volume of Valles Marineris using imagery and GIS data?
  • Investigate the magnetic fields of Mars and model anomalies?
  • Detecting and measure thermal X-ray emissions from asteroids?
  • Investigate early and late stage metals and sulfides in diogenites?
  • Exploring the role of comets in the early solar system?
  • Developing a trigger system for Higgs discovery at the Fermilab Tevatron?
  • Determining meteor impact plume and affected area?
  • Computing the fluid dynamics of atmospheric boundary surfaces?
  • Photometrically calibrating the Kuiper Belt?
  • Analyzing chemicals using specular reflection on Titan?
  • Studying the geomorphologies of impact craters of potential Mars landing sites?
  • Searching for active dust devils on Mars?
  • Assessing windchill on Mars and Earth?
  • Determining brown dwarf circumstellar disk structure?
  • Understanding plasma physics?