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Photo by Eric Goodwin / Assistant News Editor Dozens of professors and MTSU faculty gathered in the Sam H. Ingram Building on Friday to discuss an Office of Research Studies-led research initiative, titled Blue Mars, which centers around Martian studies. MTSU’s Vice Provost of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies David Butler said he invited …

Photo courtesy of Chuck Higgins Under the leadership of Chuck Higgins, an MTSU professor of physics and astronomy, and in partnership with NASA, multiple MTSU representatives have conducted research on the effects of the 2017 eclipse. Higgins works under a 2016 NASA grant, titled the Heliospheric Education Consortium. According to Higgins, MTSU is part of …

Photo courtesy of NASA With the 2017 solar eclipse almost upon Murfreesboro, many may wonder why the experience is special or why it is occurring at all. The science behind the celestial event can be seen as both simple and complicated, but to understand the eclipse, one has to look to the facts. Chuck Higgins, …

Photo courtesy of MTSU News MTSU’s public eclipse-viewing event, The Great Tennessee Eclipse at MTSU, has been designated as one of the official NASA viewing sites in Tennessee. The Aug. 21 event, hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, is now one of the six official …

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.’s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to …

By Blake Jennings Staff writer At 56 and with stark silver hair, physics professor and former NASA engineer, Eric Klumpe (kloom-pa) conveys a youthful and laid-back presence. “Hey dude,” he can be heard saying, sporting a Northface vest, black glasses and a likable, wry smirk. His small, rectangular office space resembles a meeting ground shared …