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UI undergrads working at forefront of space science

Since the 1950s, the University of Iowa has given undergraduates the opportunity to work with top space scientists to build instruments that have travelled throughout our solar system and beyond. That hands-on experience has landed Hawkeyes jobs with NASA and prepared them for success in many other important industries.

NASA Cassini finds ‘The Big Empty’ close to Saturn

As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft prepares to shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time, Cassini engineers are delighted while ring scientists are puzzled that the region appears to be relatively dust-free. William Kurth and Shengyi Ye from the University of Iowa analyzed the data.

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Flood threats changing across US

UI study finds flood risk growing in the North, declining in the South
A University of Iowa study finds the threat of flooding is growing in the northern half of the United States and declining in the South. The findings are based on water-height measurements at 2,042 stream and rivers, compared to NASA data showing the amount of water stored in the ground.
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Lunar sonic booms

UI scientist gives talk about mini shock waves on the moon at major scientific meeting
University of Iowa physicist Jasper Halekas discussed new findings about the physics surrounding mini shock waves produced on the moon at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 14. The findings come from NASA’s ARTEMIS mission, of which Halekas is the deputy principal investigator.
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UI readies for Cassini finale

Radio and plasma instrument designed and built at UI may provide clues about Saturn’s auroras, thunderstorms
University of Iowa space scientists are readying for the final phases of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. They hope to learn more about Saturn’s auroras, thunderstorms, and rings from a radio- and plasma-wave instrument designed and built at the UI.
This image shows atomic hydrogen scattering sunlight in the upper atmosphere of Mars, as seen by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph on NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission. About 400,000 observations, taken over the course of four days

MAVEN mission observes ups and downs of water escaping from Mars

UI research contributing to latest findings
University of Iowa scientists have contributed to the latest findings about what happened to the water on early Mars. Jasper Halekas, investigator on the MAVEN mission, led one of several studies that revealed swings in the planet’s water loss depended on Mars’s distance from the sun.
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Jupiter’s spooky sounds

UI instrument captures emissions from Jupiter’s auroras
There are some haunting sounds coming from Jupiter. An instrument designed and built at the University of Iowa recorded the spooky sounds from the planet’s auroras during the first full orbit by the NASA spacecraft Juno. Several UI researchers are involved in the mission to our solar system’s largest planet.
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Houston, we have a Hawkeye

Iowa native discusses her NASA internship in 'nerd paradise'
UI journalism student Faith Wenger combined her interests in technology, communication, and entrepreneurship to land the perfect internship at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
IFC graduate student Enes Yildirim working with ground instrumentation as part of the Iowa Flood Center’s collaboration with NASA.

Iowa Flood Center joins with NASA to study soil moisture

Fieldwork will take place Aug. 3 through 16 in the South Fork Watershed near Ames
Students and researchers at the Iowa Flood Center based at the University of Iowa are partnering with NASA on research that could help the scientific community better understand and monitor soil moisture. Fieldwork will take place Aug. 3 through 16 in the South Fork Watershed near Ames.

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