NIU scientist gets grant to study Mars Daily Herald

For the next three years, Wei Luo will have Mars in his sights. The assistant professor of geography at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb is leading an academic team that will study the networks of valleys stretching across the red planet. Luo, along with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, won a $187,000 NASA grant to study satellite images of Mars to determine what forces formed its landscape – groundwater, surface water, wind, volcanoes, gravity or impacts from asteroids.