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  • UA Aims to Become Leader in Research into Space Debris

    Moriba Jah
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016
    What goes up doesn’t always come down, which creates a bit of a problem for astronauts and satellite operators. Moriba Jah, a former NASA navigator, plans to use his new post at the University of Arizona to help find, characterize and predict the movement of space junk. The Department of Defense is tracking 23,000 large pieces of debris — such as pieces of spent satellites and rocket boosters. NASA estimates there are up to half a million objects as large as a marble, and millions more as small as a flake of paint, that could disable a geo-positioning satellite or an International Space Statio... Read More
  • UA Space Program Adds NASA Mars Navigator

    (Source: NASA)
    Monday, January 11, 2016
    The University of Arizona Space Program plans to soar to new heights by adding a Mars Navigator from NASA to their staff. Aerospace Engineer Moriba Jah said he aims to make the UA a world center of research and discovery by focusing on how objects move in space. When asked why he chose the UA, Jah said he had a connection to the university when he navigated the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It was built by the UA and it’s also the orbiter that carried the high-rise camera that captured images of water on Mars. He’s also been a part of several other missions to Mars.  He said his goal is to keep... Read More
  • Mars Navigator Joins UA to Launch Space Research Initiative

    Moriba Jah: "What MIT was for the Apollo space program, I’d like the UA to be for space domain awareness." (Photo: Pete Brown)
    Monday, January 11, 2016
    Moriba Jah will spearhead efforts in space object behavioral sciences, part of the Defense and Security Research Institute. A spacecraft navigator for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Odyssey and other missions to Mars aims to make the University of Arizona a world center of research and discovery on how objects behave in outer space. Moriba Jah, who has steered spacecraft to Mars for NASA, is joining the College of Engineering and the Office for Research & Discovery to direct a new UA initiative focused on space object behavioral sciences — the examination of objects in space, which inclu... Read More
  • HiRISE Images Show Signs of Liquid Water on Mars

    The narrow, dark streaks, or recurring slope lineae, flowing downhill on Mars are inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water.
    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Former UA undergraduate Lujendra Ojha discovered possible water-related streaks on the red planet's slopes. New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Researchers measured the spectral signatures of hydrated minerals on the planet’s slopes where mysterious, possibly water-related streaks are found. Lujendra Ojha first discovered the streaks in 2010 when he was a University of Arizona undergraduate. The streaks, known as recurring slope lineae, or RSL, darken and appear to flow... Read More

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