Wei Luo

NIU geography professor Wei Luo lands NASA grant to help quantify Mars’ watery past

Now that scientists have convincing evidence that water helped shape the surface of Mars, Northern Illinois University geography professor Wei Luo is setting out to answer another important question: Just how much water was there? “With more and more observations from satellites

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NASA image of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

NASA ‘solar system ambassador’ to talk plans for spaceflight during Jan. 22 STEM Café event

Now that the space shuttles are museum pieces, what are NASA’s plans for future American spaceflight? NASA Solar System Ambassador Joel Knapper will reveal the current and future plans to get Americans back into space, exploring the universe at NIU’s next STEM

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NASA image of the Transit of Venus

‘Summer Under the Stars’ 2012 blasts off June 5 with a viewing of Venus’ transit across the sun

We can’t all be astronauts or afford a seat on Virgin Galactic’s private shuttle to the International Space Station. So NIU STEM Outreach and the Davis Hall Observatory are offering community members a closer look at the heavens with the Summer Under

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NASA image of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

NIU presents free ‘Summer Under the Stars’ events for space cadets, moon gazers of all ages

This summer, NIU’s STEM Outreach is hosting a series of free family events that celebrate all things space.  Amateur star gazers and constellation connoisseurs alike will appreciate talks led by NIU experts on everything from the geology of the moon to the

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