Event: Astronauts, Robots and Rocks: Preparing for Geological Planetary Exploration. When: Thursday Oct. 27, all-ages science festival (5:30–6:45 p.m.), Lecture (7:00-8:00 p.m.) Where: Welch Hall 2.224, The University of Texas at Austin. A map is available online. Background: Mark Helper, a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences, shares stories… » Continue Reading
Mark Helper looked out the windshield of his pressurized lunar rover at a gray otherworldly landscape that stretched in every direction as far as he could see. With time running short, he and his teammate drove on across the rubble-strewn floor of a vast impact crater. They stopped and Helper used the vehicle's robotic arm… » Continue Reading
An extraordinary collection of gems and minerals is now a click of the mouse away after students at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences digitally photographed more than 6,300 specimens and made them available on a new, fully searchable Web site.