Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences

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The Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences is a research center on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

University of Arkansas Public research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant, research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture, business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.

Fayetteville, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. The city is centrally located within the county and has been home of the University of Arkansas since the institution's founding in 1871. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, from which many of the settlers had come. It was incorporated on November 3, 1836 and was rechartered in 1867. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 105th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 73,580 at the 2010 Census.


About the Space Center

Founded in 2000, the Space Center is a partnership of six departments (Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Geosciences, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics) from four colleges (Fulbright College, Engineering, the Honors College, and the Graduate School). It contains the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Planetary Simulation, which is used primarily for the study of Mars, asteroids, Pluto, and Titan. [1] The center also has an astronomy group, that specializes in galactic evolution, binary stars, and gravity waves, and it has groups interested in planetary astronomy, cosmochemistry, astrobiology, remote sensing, planetary morphology, and space flight instrument development. The Center offers two graduate degrees, a PhD and an MS in space and planetary sciences and four concentrations in space and planetary sciences in programs offered by its partnering departments. [2] The Space Center offers courses of research and instruction for undergraduate students and a variety of outreach programs for the public. The center owns a 20-foot planetarium for teaching and outreach, which is currently out of operation. The Center also produces a monthly newsletter (Space Notes) and a quarterly publication, Meteorite. [3] The center celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010.

The center houses the Paragould meteorite, the third largest meteorite from North America, since 1988, except for a short period when it was in the Mullins Library.

Paragould meteorite

The Paragould Meteorite at 41 inches (1,000 mm) by 24 inches (610 mm) by 16 inches (410 mm) and weighing 370 kilograms (820 lb) is the second largest witnessed meteorite fall ever recovered in North America and the largest stony meteorite chondrite. It fell to Earth at approximately 4:08 a.m. on February 17, 1930.

Old Field House

Men's Gymnasium-University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
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LocationGarland Ave., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°4′10″N94°10′33″W / 36.06944°N 94.17583°W / 36.06944; -94.17583 Coordinates: 36°4′10″N94°10′33″W / 36.06944°N 94.17583°W / 36.06944; -94.17583
Area1.1 acres (0.45 ha)
MPS Public Schools in the Ozarks MPS
NRHP reference # 92001103 [4]
Added to NRHPSeptember 4, 1992

Since 2003 the Space Center has been housed in the old museum building, formerly the field house used for the Razorbacks basketball team until the construction of Barnhill Arena. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. On September 5, 2012, it was announced that the building will be re-purposed to be a concert hall for the performing arts, thanks in part to a donation of $6 million by Jim and Joyce Faulkner.

Arkansas Razorbacks mens basketball

The Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team represents the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The school's team currently competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2018. They lost in the first round to Butler University.

Barnhill Arena arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.

The legendary Barnhill Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, now used primarily for volleyball. The arena opened in 1954 and was home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks (men's) and Ladybacks (women's) basketball teams before they moved to Bud Walton Arena in 1993. Prior to that, the arena had been considered to be one of the toughest to play in, first in the Southwest Conference and then in the Southeastern Conference, especially when Nolan Richardson was coach; it earned the nickname "Barnhell Arena" because of its rabid student section. After the opening of the new arena, the university converted Barnhill Arena into a volleyball and gymnastics-specific facility, and the Ladybacks' volleyball and gymnastics teams have played there ever since. The arena is also occasionally used for special events, such as concerts, graduations, and speakers.

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  1. "W.M. Keck Laboratory for Planetary Simulation." University of Arkansas. About Us. Archived 2012-08-05 at Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  2. "Graduate Degrees in Space and Planetary Sciences." University of Arkansas. Degrees. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  3. "Meteorite Magazine." University of Arkansas. Magazine Profile. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  4. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
Preceded by
Home of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball
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Succeeded by
Barnhill Arena