Erik Asphaug

Mar. 29, 2013

How Cosmic Collisions Have Shaped Our Solar System

Some of our solar system's landmarks can trace their origins to massive impacts.

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Oct. 19, 2012

Scientists in the Dark Over Birth of the Moon

Two new studies present very different ideas about how the Moon was formed -- a riddle that one scientist says may never be solved.

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Aug. 05, 2011

Are The Moon’s Highlands Due to A Cosmic Collision?

Planetary Scientist Erik Asphaug describes the evidence for an ancient lunar collision.

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Tar Noir: Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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