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Mars rover team wins second in international competition

By Randy Bolerjack, WSU Everett EVERETT, Wash. – The rust-colored badlands of the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah became a proving ground for aspiring engineers from around the world over the weekend. And at the end, students from the Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett Mars rover team stood on the second-place […]

Sterilizing Mars spacecraft is largely a waste of money

WSU’s Schulze-Makuch PULLMAN, Wash. – Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive – on Mars. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, astrobiologists Alberto Fairén of Cornell University and Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University say the NASA Office of Planetary Protection’s “detailed and expensive” efforts to keep Earth microorganisms off […]

Topics: WSU changing course; Martians; H2O

Following are links to several recent media articles regarding WSU faculty and staff, as well as items of general interest in higher education news. To see a full article, just click on the corresponding live URL link. Seattle Times — Washington State’s new president has university changing course. Washington Voices: Editorial views from across the state, […]

Public invited to view Mars at WSU Observatory

Washington State University invites the public to visit the Jewett Observatory this week to view the planet Mars as it swings closer to Earth than it has for nearly 60,000 years. WSU astronomy faculty members will be on hand each night to assist viewers. “Our 12-inch, refractor telescope reaches 300 magnification and is really good […]