Be insatiably curious.
“In journeying outward, we explore inward, and by looking inward, we discover the world around us. Each scale is fundamentally connected, and we learn how systems work by exploring those connections.”
—Christopher Hamilton, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Planetary Sciences
Principal Investigator for RAVEN, NASA’s Rover–Aerial
Vehicle Exploration Networks project
OUR COMMITMENT TO EXPLORATION
Driven by wonder and collaboration, we do incredible research that leads to big discovery and impact. We believe in the power of global exploration that inspires new perspectives and thinking. And as a top-20 public research institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to work on life-changing research with faculty. By the time they graduate, they've helped lead missions to different destinations in the solar system or assisted in the development of the quantum internet.
EXPLORATION IN THE NEWS
Botanical gardens are 'hot spots' for butterflies amid climate change
Life in the concrete jungle can be rough, particularly for butterflies. But urban green spaces can hold surprising diversity and may become more important than ever in insect pollinator conservation, a new study finds.
Giant mantle plume reveals Mars is more active than previously thought
Researchers have discovered an enormous mantle plume pushing the surface of Mars upward and driving intense volcanic and seismic activity. The discovery reveals that Mars, like Earth and Venus, possesses an active interior, which challenges current views on the planet's evolution.