Ewen Whitaker, Gerard Kuiper and NASA engineer Ray Heacock

In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, lunar and planetary science was still in its infancy. Its birthplace? The University of Arizona.

University of Arizona soccer player Kelcey Cavarra, a junior from Colorado, chose the UA in part because of Tucson’s warm winters. But she was unprepared for the experience of practicing during the summer months, when highs can top 105 degrees.

Shan Sutton

Never underestimate the Grateful Dead. For decades, their eclectic rock songs — like 1970’s “Truckin’” — and far-out technology inspired innovation across American music as they engineered a dazzling new Wall of Sound for concerts and a ticketing system operated by the band’s staff.

Visit the University of Arizona’s Main Library, and you will find fencing and construction crews working on extensive renovations to the 46-year-old building. The Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library will also undergo a major facelift beginning in May.

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