By Jesse A. Millard
University of Arizona and Arizona State University have been heavily involved with the exploration of Mars ever since the Viking missions, which resulted in the first successful U.S. mission to land a spacecraft on Mars’ surface.
A UA undergraduate played a vital role in the discovery of liquid water on mars and ASU is working with NASA on the next rover to be sent to the red planet.
Both schools have accomplished much, and to highlight the achievements here is a compilation of some of the two universities’ work in the exploration of Mars:
CAMP VERDE – Dennis Ly heard about the pristine swimming holes at Fossil Creek from a neighbor. The clear blue, 72-degree water was a siren song in the middle of a fiery Arizona July. Determined to check out this desert oasis, he and three friends made the two-hour drive to swim and relax, but minutes from their destination, they hit a roadblock.
Arizona dropped from first in the country to eighth in solar capacity additions, according to Environment America’s latest solar report, which also notes the drop comes “following the imposition of new fees on solar customers and near-constant attacks on distributed solar generation from the state’s biggest utilities.”
Every day about 350 tons of waste materials venture through a series of conveyors and are organized into piles at the Waste Management recycling facility in Surprise. The end product results in towering stacks of bottles, paper, cans and other recyclable items.