The HiRISE - High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment - is orbiting Mars, taking images of the planet's surface. Nicole Baugh, Uplink Planning Lead on the HiRISE project will be discussing her work as part of the 'First Friday' lecture series hosted by Boise State's Department of Physics. Baugh joins Idaho Matters to talk about taking pictures of the Red Planet.

Brian Jackson / Boise State University

Dust devils, those updrafts of rotating air you see in parking lots or in the desert, have been studied by scientists since the mid-19th century. But the science has seen a resurgence since the 1970’s when humans started sending spacecraft to Mars, where dust devils have been found in abundance. Scientists hope to learn more about the devils on the red planet by looking closer at the phenomenon here.


Mars is making its closest approach to Earth in over a decade, and one scientist says it’s a great time to learn more about the red planet. Boise State University will hold an astronomical viewing party to celebrate Mars Tuesday night.

Idaho Students Plan Trip To Mars

Jul 15, 2012

A group of 17 year olds discuss building hydroponic greenhouses on Mars. They’re some of the Idaho high school students getting college credit before their senior year by designing a future interplanetary. The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program has two summer sessions each with about forty students.  The first wrapped up over the weekend. And  a new session begins today Monday.