Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences

Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences

The Old Field House at the U of A.
Type Research
Established 2000
Director Lin Oliver
Location Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Campus University of Arkansas
Affiliations University of Arkansas

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

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 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 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 recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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.

Old Field House

Men's Gymnasium-University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Location Garland Ave., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°4′10″N 94°10′33″W / 36.06944°N 94.17583°W / 36.06944; -94.17583Coordinates: 36°4′10″N 94°10′33″W / 36.06944°N 94.17583°W / 36.06944; -94.17583
Area 1.1 acres (0.45 ha)
Built 1935
MPS Public Schools in the Ozarks MPS
NRHP Reference # 92001103[4]
Added to NRHP September 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.


  1. "W.M. Keck Laboratory for Planetary Simulation." University of Arkansas. About Us. 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 Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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Preceded by
Home of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball
? 1953
Succeeded by
Barnhill Arena
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