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A simulation of the landing .

Sticking the landing on Mars: High-powered computing aims to reduce guesswork

As the Mars 2020 launch approaches, a separate effort is using simulations to understand landing dynamics for tomorrow's missions.|Medium Read
Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun

Switchbacks and spikes: Parker Solar Probe data consistent with 20-year-old theory

Magnetic flux findings suggest "profound consequences for basic solar processes."|Medium Read
the midwest taken from space by the ISS

Lockdown for space agencies put research projects in limbo

University of Michigan researchers’ work on NASA and European Space Agency projects that have been altered by COVID-19.|Medium Read
Artistic renders of the Solar Orbiter. Provided by the European Space Agency.

Solar Orbiter mission to track the sun’s active regions, improve space weather prediction

Latest ESA launch will be the first mission to get hi-res images of the sun’s poles |Medium Read
illustration of parker solar probe in front of the sun

Parker Solar Probe: ‘We’re missing something fundamental about the sun’

First data holds clues to a decades-old mystery, and major implications for space weather prediction|Medium Read
A render of PSP approaching the sun

Solving the sun’s super-heating mystery with Parker Solar Probe

Probe will go where no spacecraft has gone and measure a process never directly observed before. |Medium Read

Mars InSight’s escorts: Michigan Engineers built first deep-space CubeSats

The MarCO mission opens new space exploration opportunities that aren’t possible with large, expensive probes.|Medium Read
BepiColombo approaching Mercury. Credit: European Space Agency

U-M researchers to help unravel Mercury, solar system mysteries

In ESA's BepiColombo mission, an examination of the particles in Mercury's upper atmosphere will shed light on what the planet is made of.|Medium Read
An artist’s rendering of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun

Touching the Sun to protect the Earth

A Q&A with Justin Kasper on going where no probe has gone before.|Medium Read
Artistic rendition of CYGNSS in orbit.

CYGNSS’ ocean achievements pave way for land applications

18 months after the satellites launched, researchers are still discovering new study opportunities.|Medium Read
Digital illustration of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun

Key Parker Solar Probe sensor bests sun simulator—last launch hurdle

With old IMAX projector bulbs, Michigan Engineers simulate the sun.|Medium Read

Thruster for Mars mission breaks records

The most powerful Hall thruster the world has ever seen showed its mettle at NASA Glenn |Medium Read