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- NAU track and field athletes Brooke Andersen, Matt Baxter and Ashley Taylor earned Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week honors. At meets last weekend, Andersen rose to No. 2 in the nation in the hammer throw, Baxter ran the fastest men’s 5000-meter race in the meet’s history and Taylor, in her outdoor track debut, ran the second-fastest… Read more
A team led by David Trilling, associate professor of astronomy at Northern Arizona University, has been selected to receive a NASA Group Achievement Award.
According to NASA, the Spitzer Near Earth Asteroid Team is being recognized “for exemplary science implementation, analysis and execution of the Spitzer 2011 MD and 2009 BD near-Earth Asteroid Observations for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission.” Trilling, NAU post-doctoral researcher Michael Mommert and colleagues from four other institutions participated in the research.
The award will be presented… Read more
For eons, ancient objects have slipped stealthily past Earth, their anonymity assured in the vastness of space. But now the clumps, chunks and misshapen islands of rock are being observed and measured within hours of their discovery, thanks to ingenuity, technology and the curiosity of David Trilling.
The rapid generation of data from asteroids is just one item in the field of view of the Northern Arizona University astronomer and his close collaborator, post-doctoral researcher Michael Mommert.
by Michael Mommert
Department of Physics and Astronomy
We could study an asteroid up close by sending astronauts to one somewhere out in space—or we could simply bring one to the astronauts.
That’s basically the idea behind NASA’s announced Asteroid Robotic Retrieval Mission, which aims to catch a near-Earth asteroid and redirect it in an orbit around the moon. There, the asteroid could be visited and scrutinized by astronauts.
Surprisingly, the biggest problem with this idea is… Read more
By David Trilling
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Astronomers are always open to another point of view, and this one was pretty cool.
Recently, I flew on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, known as SOFIA: It’s a 747 airplane with a hole cut in the side, where a telescope looks out.… Read more
Data harvested from the sky may give researchers a view into the future of food production while opening insights to the implications of climate change.
The five-year, $3.5 million project funded by NASA will make use of existing satellite imagery to produce the first-ever global survey of croplands. Northern Arizona University assistant research professor Temuulen “Teki” Sankey, a remote sensing ecologist, will put her skills to work as part of a multi-institute team trying to answer the question of “Where… Read more