Jake McCoy in clean room

Master tinkerer

UI graduate student lands NASA fellowship to create sophisticated space X-ray instrument
A University of Iowa physics graduate student has won a coveted NASA fellowship. Jake McCoy is building a sophisticated tool that may help astrophysicists locate missing matter in the cosmos through X-rays emitted by dark, distant areas in space.

What caused Martian desiccation?

University of Iowa researchers involved in NASA announcement of what happened to Mars' water and atmosphere
Mars has been all over the news, from the finding of seasonal water on the Red Planet to the successful film "The Martian." Now, researchers, including those at the UI, have learned more about what happened to Mars' climate since it was a warm, watery planet billions of years ago.
illustration of halloas in orbit

Halo satellite will search for 'missing' normal matter

UI professor receives NASA grant for research
University of Iowa professor Philip Kaaret has won a $3.7 million NASA grant to build a satellite that will search for missing matter in hot gases associated with the Milky Way galaxy.
University of Iowa celebrates 50 years of space physicist Don Gurnett's research and teaching

Gurnett symposium draws leaders in space science

Oct. 17 event celebrates physics and astronomy professor's legacy
With Don Gurnett, and James Van Allen before him, the University of Iowa has a strong legacy of leading the scientific community in the exploration and understanding of space.
Don Gurnett in classroom with spacecraft model

Space giant

UI holds symposium to honor Don Gurnett's 50 years of space exploration and teaching at the UI
The University of Iowa will host a symposium on Oct. 17 to honor physics professor Don Gurnett, who has taught and been engaged in space science at the UI for the past 50 years. The symposium is free and open to the public.
The team looks over specifications for their design.

Seniors to reenact Van Allen radiation belt experiments

57-year-old experiment from UI will ignite new research
Four graduating seniors are helping to reenact a famous experiment from a University of Iowa scientist, helping to set new discoveries in motion.
Researchers watch data on a computer while troubleshooting electronics.

UI researchers launch rockets in search of unseen parts of universe

Five-year NASA project will develop critical technologies for future missions
A team comprised of University of Iowa researchers and students is sending its own technology on a series of NASA rockets to find parts of space we can't currently see.
Artist conception depicting MAVEN orbiting Mars. Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

What happened to the water on Mars?

UI researcher has instrument to test whether solar wind blew water out of ancient Martian atmosphere
With its empty channels and ghostly gullies, Mars resembles a planet once teeming with streams and flowing rivers. That begs the question: Where did all the water go? A University of Iowa space scientist aims to find out through an instrument on the Mars orbiter MAVEN.
Rendering of Mars Express and its 130-foot antennae extend above Mars

UI instrument sees comet-created atmosphere on Mars

Comet's tail created separate ionized atmospheric layer in Martian sky
What happens when a comet flies closely past a planet? UI researcher gets a bird's eye view for the first time.