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Geologist Shares Experiences on Simulated Moon Missions

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

Geologist among team of scientists exploring how to work with robots on lunar expeditions

Geologist among team of scientists exploring how to work with robots on lunar expeditions

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

World-class Gem and Mineral Collection Goes Digital

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.