News Releases

March 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, International Arctic Research Center, and Poker Flat Research Range offer free summer tours that are open to the public.The public can learn about studies ranging from the center of Earth to the center of the sun by visiting the Geophysical Institute. The tour includes a multimedia presentation and...
March 2, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseHave you ever heard the aurora? If so, you're not alone. Many claim to have heard noises while watching the aurora, but the phenomenon is still a mystery to scientists.In the first installment of the 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, Dirk Lummerzheim, a professor of aeronomy at the Geophysical Institute, will discuss why these sounds continue to puzzle...
March 2, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseThirty-six rural students will visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for a two-day intensive program meant to polish their science and math skills. Middle school students from Chalkyitsik, Beaver, Kaltag and Unalakleet will learn the basics of rocket science, climate and the water cycle as part of the Science &Math Enrichment Program (SMEP)....
March 2, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseAt times, auroral activity occurring in the northern hemisphere is mirrored in the southern hemisphere. The swirls and ripples of auroral rays will occur in unison in each hemisphere. This phenomenon is known as the conjugacy of the aurora. For years, scientists at the Geophyscial Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have studied this effect of the...
March 1, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—The aurora isn’t visible during the summer months in Fairbanks—that is, until now! Scientists from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are providing daily aurora shows and information to the public at Pioneer Park until Sept. 1, 2008.Shows and general information are available at the institute’s Aurora Borealis Cabin,...
March 1, 2011
First lecture to focus on rockets, auroraFor Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—It's hard to conduct experiments on something you can't reach. When it comes to research on the aurora, scientists have worked their way around this problem by taking the experiment to the aurora, using rockets that fly more than 100 miles above Earth."Rockets into the Aurora," will launch the 2009 Science...
February 24, 2011
Denise Thorsen named director-elect of ASGPFor Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Electrical engineer Denise Thorsen has been selected as director-elect of the Alaska Space Grant Program. Thorsen says she plans to expand the statewide space-education program to reach more students across the state. Her vision is to promote the existing Space Grant programs, while laying a ...
February 24, 2011
High altitude balloon exceeds 18 vertical miles during flightFor Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska— The BEAR is awake. The Alaska Space Grant Program’s Balloon Experiment And Research Program, or BEAR, has launched its first balloon from Poker Flat Research Range. The launch marked the culmination of more than five months of work by researchers with Space Grant and the Arctic ...
February 24, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseDebris from the Black Brant XII sounding rocket that malfunctioned during flight on Sunday, March 6 were recovered and transported back to Poker Flat Research Range. Remnants of the rocket, CASCADES, will now be analyzed as part of an investigation to see what caused the failure of the rocket's third stage, which dropped hundreds of miles shy of its intended...
February 24, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseCASCADES, a rocket project of Dartmouth College scientist Kristina Lynch, launched at 1:37 a.m. this morning from Poker Flat Research Range. The four-stage Black Brant XII rocket reached an altitude of about 18 vertical miles, and flew for 5 minutes. Although the first two stages appeared to function properly, normal ignition of the third stage did not occur....