Physics and Astronomy Department

Then, in 2011, Dixon transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the year the Curiosity Rover launched. Sitting at his desk, watching the launch coverage, Dixon said the fear faded…

Perseverance and the Martian Clock

What is “Mars Time”? Are you excited about machines flying on another planet? Or Martian rocks coming back to Earth?

If you are curious about spacecraft on the Red Planet then check out our Season 7 Premiere featuring…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

Western Washington University's geosciences programs were recently ranked #7 nationally in 2021 by Study.com.  Geosciences is a broad umbrella of disciplines from across campus, providing an interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Earth (land, water, and atmosphere), its…

Western Washington University's geosciences programs were recently ranked #7 nationally in 2021 by Study.com.  Geosciences is a broad umbrella of disciplines from across campus, providing an interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Earth (land, water, and atmosphere), its…

Join the Spanel Planetarium for a live virtual presentation, "What is a Planet?" at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, taking a look at the night sky and all it has to offer. We'll pick out constellations, stars, planets, and deep space objects you can find on a clear night in your own backyard!…

Join the Spanel Planetarium for a live virtual presentation, "What is a Planet?" at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, taking a look at the night sky and all it has to offer. We'll pick out constellations, stars, planets, and deep space objects you can find on a…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research…

“We developed Mastcam-Z for a rover going to a spot on Mars that hadn’t been selected yet, so we had to design it with all the possibilities in mind—the optimal set of eyes to capture the geology of any spot on Mars,” says Melissa Rice, a planetary scientist at Western Washington University and…

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