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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.

Science Daily All in a day on Saturn

UI undergraduate student Tim Kennelly has discovered that a process occurring in Saturn's magnetosphere is linked to the planet's seasons and changes with them, a finding that helps clarify the length of a Saturn day and could alter our understanding of Earth's magnetosphere.

A solar prominence erupts into the sun's atmosphere, or corona. Credit: NASA.

UI-led team confirms 'gusty winds' in space turbulence

Study is first direct measurement of its kind in the lab
Why is the atmosphere of the sun far hotter than the surface of the sun? The answer, scientists believe, lies in the concept of turbulence, a phenomenon directly measured in the laboratory for the first time by a research team led by the University of Iowa.
An artist's rendering shows the twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellites in tandem orbit above the Earth

AR12: Continuing to explore

Van Allen Probes mission latest example of UI role in space research
The University of Iowa’s proud history of space exploration continues to the present day, with the UI having been a part of 65 space exploration missions, including the current Van Allen Probes mission.