Mars

Return to Mars: SBU scientist back in the PIXL

By GREGORY ZELLER // Joel Hurowitz just can’t get off Mars. Hurowitz is not at all like the “The Martian,” titular hero of novelist Andy Weir’s smash hit about a stranded astronaut desperate to return to Earth. Instead, the assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Geosciences keeps volunteering to return to the Red Planet – at least virtually, as a consultant on several NASA missions. His first trip to Mars was in 2004,…


Stony Brook rock star pitches in on Mars modules

By GREGORY ZELLER // With this month’s discovery of liquid-water lakes resting beneath the ruddy surface of Mars, humankind took another giant leap toward the potential colonization of the Red Planet. Mars is not Earth’s closest planetary neighbor. That distinction belongs to Venus, which – at its closest orbital point – is just 23.6 million miles away, compared to Mars’ closest pass at 35.7 million miles. But with a sulfuric-acid atmosphere and a surface temperature…


At SBU, Rocking the Space Vibe

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funding a five-year mission that has Stony Brook University geologists exploring strange, new worlds – and gearing up for future star treks. The university’s Department of Geosciences on Friday officially launched its new 6,500-square-foot Center for Planetary Exploration, a three-laboratory consortium using next-generation science to unearth the solar system’s oldest clues. It’s prime directives: to seek out ancient microbial lifeforms and otherwise decode eons…