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Proposed NASA SmallSat Mission Could Be First To Visit Pallas, Our Third Largest Asteroid

Forbes | March 10, 2019

“Because Pallas is unexplored, it is a more compelling destination now for a small mission like Athena that is designed to pluck low-hanging [scientific] fruit,” Arizona State University planetary scientist Joseph O’Rourke, Athena’s principal investigator, told me. 

Seeing “Evolution in Real Time”: Mice Blend in to Survive

PBS | March 08, 2019

“Even after decades of evolutionary research, we’re only beginning to integrate the different types of approaches we need to truly understand the action of evolution,” says Lucy Tran, an evolutionary biologist at Arizona State University. 

Citizen finds ancient white dwarf star

azpbs.org | March 07, 2019

This star was discovered by Melina Thévenot of Germany using the Backyard Worlds project. We hear more about this discovery from Adam Schneider, a research scientist at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.  

135-pound nickel-iron meteorite delicately wrapped, reverently placed in stone cyst

The Verde Independent | February 27, 2019

We also know that in 1959 Nininger sold the meteorite, along with more than 700 others, to Arizona State University, where it is currently housed in the school’s meteorite collection at ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies. 

What's for Dinner with Aliens? Plan a Feast for All of E.T.'s Senses

Space.com | February 27, 2019

That's the conclusion Christy Spackman, a social scientist, chemist and chef at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University (ASU), came to when she began thinking about the role food could play in establishing diplomatic relationships with extraterrestrial beings.  

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