News Releases

February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe top honor at the National Radio Science Meeting’s 2004 Student Prize Paper Competition was awarded to Fernanda São Sabbas, a former graduate student working with Professor Davis Sentman at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The announcement was made last week in Boulder, Colorado.São Sabbas earned first prize and $1,000...
February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release New information about the Martian terrain suggests the Red Planet's surface once had water. High levels of hematite, a mineral associated with liquid water on Earth, were discovered on Mars last year. This important find suggests the possibility of ancient lakebeds or seas on the planet's surface and increases the odds that Mars once harbored life. Geology and...
February 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, International Arctic Research Center, and Poker Flat Research Range will offer free public summer tours starting June 7. The public can learn about the Alaska Satellite Facility and the Alaska Earthquake Information Center at a weekly tour being offered by the Geophysical Institute every Wednesday...
February 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The first of a four-part rocket experiment successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range at 1:07 a.m. Thursday morning.  The remaining three rockets included in the experiment are scheduled to launch when the weather and aurora conditions are optimal between now and March 23.   The relatively small Orion rockets will capture information on the...
February 10, 2011
For Immediate Release  Two Improved-Orion sounding rockets were launched in succession from Poker Flat Research Range last night. The first rocket of the DUST project launched at 8:45 p.m. and the second rocket launched at 10:45 p.m. Both rockets flew through Earth's upper atmosphere, reaching altitudes of 62 vertical miles. Their flights lasted nearly 6 minutes each, before...
February 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The last three rockets of a four-part rocket experiment successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range early Friday morning.  The first rocket of the experiment was launched March 7th, and the final three launched Friday at 2:15 a.m., 4:03 a.m. and 4:42 a.m. The relatively small Orion rockets have captured information on the characteristics of ...
February 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI information officer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.eduPoker Flat Research Range, Alaska—Scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket at 11:11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in an attempt to learn more about the concentration of nitric oxide in the upper atmosphere from a rocket that arced about 160 miles above northern Alaska.While the rocket...
February 8, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI science writer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska—During a vivid aurora display, a NASA sounding rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range and arced over northern Alaska at 12:49 a.m. Alaska Standard Time on Feb. 16, 2010. The rocket, one of the largest used at Poker Flat, flew high over Kaktovik, gathering data on electric particle and wave...
February 8, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI science writer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska—A NASA sounding rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range and flew to an altitude of more than 100 vertical miles at 12:01 a.m. Alaska Standard Time on Feb. 9, 2010. The rocket released 12 vials of trimethyl-aluminum that glowed in colors from orange to blue about 70 miles above northern Alaska...
January 31, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI information officer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.eduPoker Flat Research Range, Alaska—Scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket at 1:49 a.m. on the morning of Friday, January 28, 2011, achieving their goal of gathering an image of the Whirlpool Galaxy from a rocket that arced about 150 miles above northern Alaska. “We were on target,” said Professor Jim Green of the...