NASA disaster sets back years of research

George Mount A NASA rocket, launched this morning from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, ended in disaster when a mechanical failure caused it and the attached Orbiting Carbon Observatory research satellite to plummet into the ocean.   The observatory represented many years of collaborative work and research by scientists including George Mount, professor in WSU’s […]

WSU researchers aim to measure gas from space

PULLMAN – George Mount, professor in the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, has been heavily involved in developing the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite, set to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base early tomorrow morning. The satellite is expected to measure precise carbon dioxide levels […]

Astronaut appointed to serve on WSU Board of Regents

John Fabian of Port Ludlow, a retired NASA astronaut, has been appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents by Washington Gov. Gary Locke.Fabian, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from WSU in 1962, will replace William Marler on the board. Marler stepped down earlier this year to join the […]

WSU prof teams with NASA on pollution monitoring

With the anticipated July 10 launch of NASA’s Earth Observing System Aura satellite, environmental scientists here and across the globe are expecting to get the clearest space-based views yet of the sources and movement of air pollution in the earth’s lower atmosphere.The spacecraft will carry into orbit a complex package of four high-tech instruments to […]