PTYS/LPL Faculty

Dante Lauretta

CURRENT STUDENTS

  • Kelly Miller (PTYS)
  • Alessondra Springmann (PTYS)
  • Hannah Tanquary (PTYS)

FORMER STUDENTS

  • Eve Berger, 2011 (PTYS)
  • Jade Bond, 2008 (PTYS)
  • Fred Ciesla, 2003 (PTYS)
  • Kathryn G. Gardner-Vandy, 2012 (PTYS)
  • Celinda Marsh, 2007 (PTYS)
  • Eric Palmer, 2009 (PTYS)
  • Matthew Pasek, 2006 (PTYS)
  • Devin Schrader, 2012 (PTYS)

FORMER POSTDOC(S)

  • Jemma Davidson, Ph.D. 2009
  • Eric Palmer, Ph.D. 2009, University of Arizona
Dante Lauretta
Professor
Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx
OSIRIS-REx, Asteroids, Comets, Meteorites, Origin of the Solar System
Ph.D., 1997, Washington University

Drake  #104R
520-626-1138


Years with LPL:  2001 to present

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dante Lauretta is a Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He is an expert in near-Earth asteroid formation and evolution. He is the leader of NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission. OSIRIS-REx is the United States' premier mission to visit one of the most Potentially Hazardous near-Earth Asteroids, survey it to assess its impact hazard and resource potential, understand its physical and chemical properties, and return a sample of this body to Earth for detailed scientific analysis. This mission is scheduled for launch in 2016 and will rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in 2018. Sample return to Earth occurs in 2023. He also maintains an active research program in Cosmochemistry and Meteoritics.

CV for Dr. Lauretta (PDF)

CURRENT GRANTS

  • OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission - Phase B-C/D: NASA New Frontiers Program, Principal Investigator
  • Cosmochemistry of Siderophile and Chalcophile Elements in Chondritic Meteorites: NASA Cosmochemistry Program, Principal Investigator

CURRENT SPACECRAFT INVOLVEMENT

OSIRIS-REx, Principal Investigator

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS - BOOKS

2011:
D. S. Lauretta (ed.) Elements: An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrology. Special Issue on Cosmochemistry, Volume 7, Number 1.

2010:
D. Apai and D. S. Lauretta (eds.) Protoplanetary Dust: Astrophysical and Cosmochemical Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.

2006:
D. S. Lauretta and H. Y. McSween (eds.) Meteorites and the Early Solar System II. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ.

2005:
D. S. Lauretta and M. Killgore. A Color Atlas of Meteorites in Thin Section. Golden Retriever Publications, Tucson, AZ and Southwest Meteorite Press, Payson, AZ.

2002:
M. K. Crombie, et al. Rich Hill: The History of Arizona's Most Amazing Gold District. Golden Retriever Publications, Tucson, AZ.

PUBLICATIONS - PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
IN REVIEW OR REVISION:

D. Della-Giustina, D. S. Lauretta, J. S. Goreva, D. H. Hill, M. Killgore, R. C. Greenwood, A. B. Verchovsky, and I. A. Franchi. The Fukang Pallasite: Evidence for both Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Formation Processing of the Main-Group Parent Body. Meteoritics and Planetary Science (in revision).

2014:
Chesley, Steven R.; Farnocchia, Davide; Nolan, Michael C.; Vokrouhlický, David; Chodas, Paul W.; Milani, Andrea; Spoto, Federica; Rozitis, Benjamin; Benner, Lance A. M.; Bottke, William F.; Busch, Michael W.; Emery, Joshua P.; Howell, Ellen S.; Lauretta, Dante S.; Margot, Jean-Luc; Taylor, Patrick A. Orbit and bulk density of the OSIRIS-REx target Asteroid (101955) Bennu. Icarus 235, 5-22.

Emery, J. P.; Fernández, Y. R.; Kelley, M. S. P.; Warden (nèe Crane), K. T.; Hergenrother, C.; Lauretta, D. S.; Drake, M. J.; Campins, H.; Ziffer, J. Thermal infrared observations and thermophysical characterization of OSIRIS-REx target asteroid (101955) Bennu. Icarus 234, 17-35.

2013:
Gardner-Vandy, Kathryn G.; Lauretta, Dante S.; McCoy, Timothy J. A petrologic, thermodynamic and experimental study of brachinites: Partial melt residues of an R chondrite-like precursor. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 122, 36-57.

Nolan, M. C.; Magri, C.; Howell, E. S.; Benner, L. A. M.; Giorgini, J. D.; Hergenrother, C. W.; Hudson, R. S.; Lauretta, D. S.; Margot, J. L.; Ostro, S. J.; Scheeres, D. J. Asteroid (101955) Bennu Shape Model V1.0. NASA Planetary Data System, EAR-A-I0037-5-BENNUSHAPE-V1.0

Hergenrother, Carl W.; Nolan, Michael C.; Binzel, Richard P.; Cloutis, Edward A.; Barucci, Maria Antonietta; Michel, Patrick; Scheeres, Daniel J.; d'Aubigny, Christian Drouet; Lazzaro, Daniela; Pinilla-Alonso, Noemi; Campins, Humberto; Licandro, Javier; Clark, Beth E.; Rizk, Bashar; Beshore, Edward C.; Lauretta, Dante S. Lightcurve, Color and Phase Function Photometry of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroid (101955) Bennu. Icarus 226, 663-670.

Nolan, Michael C.; Magri, Christopher; Howell, Ellen S.; Benner, Lance A. M.; Giorgini, Jon D.; Hergenrother, Carl W.; Hudson, R. Scott; Lauretta, Dante S.; Margot, Jean-Luc; Ostro, Steven J.; Scheeres, Daniel J. Shape model and surface properties of the OSIRIS-REx target Asteroid (101955) Bennu from radar and lightcurve observations. Icarus 226, 629-640.

Walsh, Kevin J.; Delbó, Marco; Bottke, William F.; Vokrouhlický, David; Lauretta, Dante S. Introducing the Eulalia and new Polana asteroid families: Re-assessing primitive asteroid families in the inner Main Belt. Icarus 225, 283-297.

Lantz, C.; Clark, B. E.; Barucci, M. A.; Lauretta, D. S. Evidence for the effects of space weathering spectral signatures on low albedo asteroids. Astronomy & Astrophysics 554, 138.

D. L. Schrader, H. C. Connolly Jr., D. S. Lauretta, K. Nagashima, G. R. Huss, J. Davidson, and K. J. Domanik. The Formation and Alteration of the Renazzo-like Carbonaceous Chondrites II: Linking O-isotope Composition and Oxidation State of Chondrule Olivine. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 101, 302-327.

2012:
R. H. Brown, et al. Experimental and Theoretical Simulations of Ice Sublimation with Implications for the Chemical, Isotopic, and Physical Evolution of Icy Objects. Planetary and Space Science 60, 166-180.

K. G. Gardner-Vandy, D. S. Lauretta, R. C. Greenwood, T. J. McCoy, M. Killgore, I. A. Franchi. The Tafassasset Primitive Achondrite: Insights into Initial Stages of Planetary Differentiation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 85, 142-159.

2011:
D. S. Lauretta. A Cosmochemical View of the Solar System. Elements 7, 11-16.

D. S. Lauretta. Nier Prize for Fred J. Ciesla. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 46, 930-931.

E. L. Berger, et al. Evidence for aqueous activity on comet 81P/Wild 2 from sulfide mineral assemblages in Stardust samples and CI chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 3501-3513

B. E. Clark, R. P. Binzel, E. Howell, E. A. Cloutis, M. Ockert-Bella, P. Christensen, A. Barucci, F. DeMeo, D. S. Lauretta, H. Connolly Jr., A. Soderberg. Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36: Spectroscopy from 0.4 to 2.5um and Meteorite Analogs. Icarus 216, 462-475.

K. G. Gardner-Vandy, et al. Petrology and Geochemistry of the Northwest Africa 3368 Eucrite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 46, 1052-1070.

E. E. Palmer and D. S. Lauretta. Kamacite as an Indicator of Aqueous Alteration. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 46, 1587-1607.

D. L. Schrader, et al. The Formation and Alteration of the Renazzo-like Carbonaceous Chondrites I: Implications of Bulk-Oxygen Isotopic Composition. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 308-325.

2010:
D. Apai and D. S. Lauretta. Planet Formation and Protoplanetary Dust. In: Protoplanetary Dust, Cambridge University Press.

D. Apai, H. C. Connolly Jr., and D. S. Lauretta. Thermal Processing in Protoplanetary Nebulae. In: Protoplanetary Dust, Cambridge University Press.

J. C. Bond, D. S. Lauretta, and D. P. O'Brien. Making the Earth: Combining Dynamics and Chemistry in the Solar System. Icarus 205, 321-337.

J. C. Bond, D. P. O'Brien, and D. S. Lauretta. The Compositional Diversity of Extrasolar Terrestrial Planets: I. In-Situ Simulations. Astrophysical Journal 715, 1050-1070.

J. C. Bond, D. S. Lauretta, and D. P. O'Brien. The Diversity of Extrasolar Terrestrial Planets. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union-IAU Symposium 265, 399-402.

H. Campins, et al. The Origin of Asteroid 101955 (1999 RQ36). The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 721, L53-L57.

C. V. Haynes Jr., et al. The Murray Springs Clovis site, Pleistocene extinction, and the question of extraterrestrial impact. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America 107, 4010-4015.

C. V. Haynes, D. S. Lauretta, J. A. M. Ballenger, Reply to Firestone et al.: No confirmation of impact at the lower Younger Dryas boundary at Murray Springs, AZ. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, E106-E106.

D. L. Schrader and D. S. Lauretta. High-temperature experimental analogs of primitive meteoritic metal-sulfide-oxide assemblages. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 1719-1733.

D. L. Schrader, et al. Sulfide-rich metallic impact melts from chondritic parent bodies. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 45, 743-758.

2009:
D. S. Lauretta, et al. The Fountain Hills Unique CB Chondrite: Insights into Thermal Processing on the CB Parent Body. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 44, 823-838.

D. S. Lauretta and B. E. Schmidt. Oxidation of Minor Elements from an Iron-Nickel-Chromium-Cobalt-Phosphorus Alloy in 17.3% CO2-H2 Gas Mixtures at 700-1000°C Oxidation of Metals 71, 219-235.

D. S. Lauretta. The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars (Book Review). Science 326, 524-525.

2008:
J. C. Bond, et al. The r- and s-process Elemental Abundances in Stars with Planets. The Astrophysical Journal, 682, 1234-1237.

D. L. Schrader, H. C. Connolly Jr., and D. S. Lauretta. Opaque Phases in Type-II Chondrules from CR2 Chondrites: Implications for CR Parent Body Formation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 6124-6140.

M. A. Pasek and D. S. Lauretta. The Flux of Meteoritic C, N, P, and Ir to the early Earth. Origin of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 38, 5-21.

2007:
M. A. Pasek, J. P. Dworkin, and D. S. Lauretta. A radical pathway for organic phosphorylation during schreibersite corrosion with implications for the origin of life. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, 1721-1736.

2006:
D. S. Lauretta, H. Nagahara, and C. M. O'D. Alexander. Petrology of ferromagnesian silicate chondrules. In: Meteorites and the Early Solar System II. University of Arizona Press, 431-459.

H. Y. McSween, D. S. Lauretta, and L. A. Leshin. Recent Advances in Meteoritics and Cosmochemistry. In: Meteorites and the Early Solar System II. University of Arizona Press, 53-66.

E. B. Rosenshein, et al. Oxide-bearing and FeO-rich clasts in aubrites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 41, 495-503.

2005:
D. S. Lauretta. Sulfidation of an Iron-Nickel-Chromium-Cobalt-Phosphorus Alloy in 1% H2S-H2 Gas Mixtures at 400-1000°C. Oxidation of Metals 64, 1-22.

G. K. Benedix, D. S. Lauretta, and T. J. McCoy. Thermodynamic constraints on the formation conditions of winonaites and silicate-bearing IAB irons. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69, 5123-5131.

E. S. Bullock, et al. The mineralogy and texture of Fe-Ni sulphides in CI1 chondrites: Clues to the extent of aqueous alteration on the CI1 parent body. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69, 2687-2700.

S. Messenger, L. P. Keller, and D. S. Lauretta. Supernova olivine from cometary dust. Science 309, 737-741.

M. A. Pasek, et al. Sulfur chemistry in protoplanetary nebulae with time-varying oxygen abundances.
Icarus 175, 1-14.

M. A. Pasek and D. S. Lauretta. Aqueous corrosion of phosphide minerals from iron meteorites: An abundant highly reactive source of prebiotic phosphorus on the surface of the early Earth. Astrobiology 5, 515-535.

2004:
F. J. Ciesla and D. S. Lauretta. Radial migration and dehydration of phyllosilicates in the solar nebula. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 231, 1-8.

F. J. Ciesla, D. S. Lauretta, and L. L. Hood. The frequency of compound chondrules and implications for chondrule formation. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 39, 531-544.

2003:
D. S. Lauretta and P. R. Buseck. Opaque minerals in chondrules and fine-grained chondrule rims in the Bishunpur (LL3.1) ordinary chondrite. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 38, 59-79.

F. J. Ciesla, et al. A nebular origin for chondritic fine-grained phyllosilicates. Science 299, 549-552.

T. Kojima, D. S. Lauretta, and P. R. Buseck. Troilite-silicate-metal inclusions and chondrule rims in the Bishunpur (LL3.1) chondrite: A history of asteroidal processing of unequilibrated chondritic material. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 67, 3065-3078.

E. B. Melchiorre, et al. Rich Hill, Arizona: A Modern gold rush to a historic gold district. Mining Engineering 55, 23-28.

2002:
D. S. Lauretta. Opaque minerals in primitive stony meteorites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 37, 475 (Editorial).

2001:
D. S. Lauretta, et al. Mercury abundances and isotopic compositions in the Murchison (CM) and Allende (CV) carbonaceous chondrites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 65, 2807-2818.

D. S. Lauretta, P. R. Buseck, and T. J. Zega. Opaque minerals in the matrix of the Bishunpur (LL3.1) chondrite: Constraints on the chondrule formation environment. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 65, 1337-1353.

2000:
D. S. Lauretta, X. Hua, and P. R. Buseck. Mineralogy of fine-grained rims in the ALH 81002 CM chondrite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 64, 3263-3273.

1999:
D. S. Lauretta, B. Devouard, and P. R. Buseck. The cosmochemical behavior of mercury. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 171, 35-47.

1998:
D. S. Lauretta, K. Lodders, and B. Fegley, Jr. Kamacite sulfurization in the solar nebula. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 33, 821-834.

1997:
D. S. Lauretta and K. Lodders. The cosmochemical behavior of beryllium and boron. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 146, 315-328.

D. S. Lauretta, et al. The origin of sulfide-rimmed metal grains in ordinary chondrites. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 151, 289-301.

D. S. Lauretta, K. Lodders, and B. Fegley, Jr. Experimental simulations of sulfide formation in the solar nebula. Science 277, 358-360.

1996:
D. S. Lauretta, D. T. Kremser, and B. Fegley, Jr. The rate of iron sulfide formation in the solar nebula. Icarus 122, 288-315.

D. S. Lauretta, D. T. Kremser, and B. Fegley, Jr. A comparative study of experimental and meteoritic metal-sulfide assemblages. Proceedings of the NIPR Symposium on Antarctic Meteorites No. 9, 97-110.

D. S. Lauretta, et al. The kinetics and mechanism of iron sulfide formation in the solar nebula. Proceedings of the NIPR Symposium on Antarctic Meteorites No. 9, 111-126.