Six students from Redmond have been accepted into Phase One of the 2012-13 Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program. The WAS program is a free, competitive, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for high school juniors from across Washington and is affiliated with the NASA Johnson Space Center’s National High School Aerospace Scholars program and with the University of Washington’s (UW)Department of Earth and Space Science. Read more here!
A photograph taken by NASA’s Mars-rover ‘Curiosity’ last week caused a stir among the scientific elite. On an image published on NASA’s official website, a shiny, metallic-looking artefact can be seen that bears a passing resemblance to a hood ornament or a door knob. ESS‘ Ronald Sletten, from the Mars Science Laboratory team, is mentioned; read more here!
images from the Curiosity rover showed what looked like a piece of shiny metal sticking out from a rock. Some of our readers suggested that it might be a handle or knob of some kind. It’s a knob, yes, says ESS‘ Ronald Sletten from the Mars Science Laboratory team, but a completely natural formation. Sletten, from the University of Washington, explained that, not surprisingly, it is actually a part of the rock that is different — harder and more resistant to erosion — than the rest of the rock it’s embedded in. Read more here!
Each quarter, the University Honors Program showcases the remarkable work done by Honors students and faculty within their majors. Check out this quarter’s story about the Earth and Space Sciences major, featuring Bruce Nelson and Mika Usher!
New research suggests that a key part of Antarctica is warming up fast; the finding could help change the outlook for sea level rise this century. ESS‘ Eric Steig is included in this interview; check out the audio, video, and transcript here!