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Jeffrey Newman, with a monitor displaying two dimensional stars and galaxies

Astronomers Shed Light on Dark Energy, Smallest Black Hole

A new 5,000-eyed instrument is searching the skies for dark energy, and a star survey recently unveiled the smallest known black hole. Two teams in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are working to unravel the universe’s mysteries.
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Pitt Professor Helped Humanity Make ‘One Small Step,’ Keeps Space Research Going

As a postdoctoral researcher, Bruce Hapke helped NASA determine the consistency of the moon’s soil, which helped engineers create the proper boots, rovers and wheeled equipment for the Apollo 11 landing, which happened 50 years ago this Saturday. Hapke and others at Pitt have helped build on a legacy of space research.
a circular "trunk" with the computer inside

New Pitt Supercomputer to Launch Into Space

A novel supercomputer developed by a University of Pittsburgh team is set to journey to the International Space Station, continuing a NASA partnership meant to improve Earth and space science.
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Student Helps NASA Thwart Microbial Hitchhikers on Future Mars Missions

Emily Klonicki spent the summer in a NASA lab helping to develop filters to keep microbes from contaminating Mars.

From Schenley Place to Outer Space: Team Developing Computers for Space Station

The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing researches systems that can be broken apart and reassembled, like Legos, and also withstand an extraterrestrial environment.