PTYS/LPL Faculty

Dante Lauretta

Professor, Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx
Asteroid Surveys, Astrobiology Research, Cosmochemistry, Small Bodies, OSIRIS-REx, Comets, Meteorites, Origin of the Solar System
Ph.D., 1997, Washington University

Drake 104R ∙ Kuiper 401

Years with LPL: 2001 to present


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.

Current Grants

  • OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission - Phase-B/C/D/E: NASA New Frontiers Program, Principal Investigator
  • Application of Machine-learning Algorithms for On-board Asteroid Shape Model Determination and Spacecraft Navigation, Principal Investigator
  • Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR) - Phase A: NASA New Frontiers Program, Co-Investigator

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Current PTYS Graduate Students

Student Collaborations/Advising

Former Students

  • Kelly Miller, 2016 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Kathryn G. Gardner-Vandy, 2012 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Devin Schrader, 2012 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Eve Berger, 2011 (Ph.D. PTYS)
  • Jade Bond, 2008 (Ph.D .PTYS)
  • Celinda Marsh, 2007 (M.S. PTYS)
  • Matthew Pasek, 2006 (Ph.D. PTYS)

Current Postdocs

Former Postdocs

  • Jemma Davidson, Ph.D. 2009
  • Eric Palmer, Ph.D. 2009, University of Arizona


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Dante Lauretta

Selected Publications


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

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

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

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.

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


For a complete list of Dr. Lauretta's publications, use the link provided for the NASA ADS Author search.

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., Schrader, D. L., Cloutis, E. A., Cody, G. D., King, A. J., McCoy, T. J., Applin, D. M., Mann, J. P., Bowles, N. E., Brucato, J. R., Connolly, H. C., Dotto, E., Keller, L. P., Lim, L. F., Clark, B. E., Hamilton, V. E., Lantz, C., Lauretta, D. S., Russell, S. S., Schofield, P. F. Spectral characterization of analog samples in anticipation of OSIRIS-REx's arrival at Bennu: A blind test study 2019Icar..319..701D

Forelli, J., Hergenrother, C. W., Hill, D. H., Briol, J., Wiggins, P., Betzler, A., Odasso, A., Lauretta, D. S. Osiris-REx Target Asteroids! Photometry of Near-Earth Asteroid (276049) 2002 CE26 2019MPBu...46...63F

Rizk, B., Drouet d'Aubigny, C., Hergenrother, C. W., Bos, B. J., Golish, D. R., Malhotra, R., Lauretta, D. S., Butt, J., Patel, J., Fitzgibbon, M., May, C., Bierhaus, E. B., Freund, S., Fisher, M., Cambioni, S., Bennett, C. A., Balram-Knutson, S. S., Harshman, K., DellaGiustina, D. N., Antreasian, P., Leonard, J., Mink, R., Calloway, A., Bartels, A. E., Enos, H., Boynton, W. V., Nolan, M. C., Moreau, M. OSIRIS-REx low-velocity particles during outbound cruise 2019AdSpR..63..672R

Kareta, T., Reddy, V., Hergenrother, C., Lauretta, D. S., Arai, T., Takir, D., Sanchez, J., Hanuš, J. Rotationally Resolved Spectroscopic Characterization of Near-Earth Object (3200) Phaethon 2018AJ....156..287K

Bierhaus, E. B., Clark, B. C., Harris, J. W., Payne, K. S., Dubisher, R. D., Wurts, D. W., Hund, R. A., Kuhns, R. M., Linn, T. M., Wood, J. L., May, A. J., Dworkin, J. P., Beshore, E., Lauretta, D. S. The OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft and the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) 2018SSRv..214..107B

de León, J., Campins, H., Morate, D., De Prá, M., Alí-Lagoa, V., Licandro, J., Rizos, J. L., Pinilla-Alonso, N., DellaGiustina, D. N., Lauretta, D. S., Popescu, M., Lorenzi, V. Expected spectral characteristics of (101955) Bennu and (162173) Ryugu, targets of the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 missions 2018Icar..313...25D

Williams, B., Antreasian, P., Carranza, E., Jackman, C., Leonard, J., Nelson, D., Page, B., Stanbridge, D., Wibben, D., Williams, K., Moreau, M., Berry, K., Getzandanner, K., Liounis, A., Mashiku, A., Highsmith, D., Sutter, B., Lauretta, D. S. OSIRIS-REx Flight Dynamics and Navigation Design 2018SSRv..214...69W

Reuter, D. C., Simon, A. A., Hair, J., Lunsford, A., Manthripragada, S., Bly, V., Bos, B., Brambora, C., Caldwell, E., Casto, G., Dolch, Z., Finneran, P., Jennings, D., Jhabvala, M., Matson, E., McLelland, M., Roher, W., Sullivan, T., Weigle, E., Wen, Y., Wilson, D., Lauretta, D. S. The OSIRIS-REx Visible and InfraRed Spectrometer (OVIRS): Spectral Maps of the Asteroid Bennu 2018SSRv..214...54R

Masterson, R. A., Chodas, M., Bayley, L., Allen, B., Hong, J., Biswas, P., McMenamin, C., Stout, K., Bokhour, E., Bralower, H., Carte, D., Chen, S., Jones, M., Kissel, S., Schmidt, F., Smith, M., Sondecker, G., Lim, L. F., Lauretta, D. S., Grindlay, J. E., Binzel, R. P. Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) Aboard the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission 2018SSRv..214...48M

McMahon, J. W., Scheeres, D. J., Hesar, S. G., Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S., Lauretta, D. The OSIRIS-REx Radio Science Experiment at Bennu 2018SSRv..214...43M

Bos, B. J., Ravine, M. A., Caplinger, M., Schaffner, J. A., Ladewig, J. V., Olds, R. D., Norman, C. D., Huish, D., Hughes, M., Anderson, S. K., Lorenz, D. A., May, A., Jackman, C. D., Nelson, D., Moreau, M., Kubitschek, D., Getzandanner, K., Gordon, K. E., Eberhardt, A., Lauretta, D. S. Touch And Go Camera System (TAGCAMS) for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission 2018SSRv..214...37B

Rizk, B., Drouet d'Aubigny, C., Golish, D., Fellows, C., Merrill, C., Smith, P., Walker, M. S., Hendershot, J. E., Hancock, J., Bailey, S. H., DellaGiustina, D. N., Lauretta, D. S., Tanner, R., Williams, M., Harshman, K., Fitzgibbon, M., Verts, W., Chen, J., Connors, T., Hamara, D., Dowd, A., Lowman, A., Dubin, M., Burt, R., Whiteley, M., Watson, M., McMahon, T., Ward, M., Booher, D., Read, M., Williams, B., Hunten, M., Little, E., Saltzman, T., Alfred, D., O'Dougherty, S., Walthall, M., Kenagy, K., Peterson, S., Crowther, B., Perry, M. L., See, C., Selznick, S., Sauve, C., Beiser, M., Black, W., Pfisterer, R. N., Lancaster, A., Oliver, S., Oquest, C., Crowley, D., Morgan, C., Castle, C., Dominguez, R., Sullivan, M. OCAMS: The OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite 2018SSRv..214...26R

Dworkin, J. P., Adelman, L. A., Ajluni, T., Andronikov, A. V., Aponte, J. C., Bartels, A. E., Beshore, E., Bierhaus, E. B., Brucato, J. R., Bryan, B. H., Burton, A. S., Callahan, M. P., Castro-Wallace, S. L., Clark, B. C., Clemett, S. J., Connolly, H. C., Cutlip, W. E., Daly, S. M., Elliott, V. E., Elsila, J. E., Enos, H. L., Everett, D. F., Franchi, I. A., Glavin, D. P., Graham, H. V., Hendershot, J. E., Harris, J. W., Hill, S. L., Hildebrand, A. R., Jayne, G. O., Jenkens, R. W., Johnson, K. S., Kirsch, J. S., Lauretta, D. S., Lewis, A. S., Loiacono, J. J., Lorentson, C. C., Marshall, J. R., Martin, M. G., Matthias, L. L., McLain, H. L., Messenger, S. R., Mink, R. G., Moore, J. L., Nakamura-Messenger, K., Nuth, J. A., Owens, C. V., Parish, C. L., Perkins, B. D., Pryzby, M. S., Reigle, C. A., Righter, K., Rizk, B., Russell, J. F., Sandford, S. A., Schepis, J. P., Songer, J., Sovinski, M. F., Stahl, S. E., Thomas-Keprta, K., Vellinga, J. M., Walker, M. S. OSIRIS-REx Contamination Control Strategy and Implementation 2018SSRv..214...19D

Schrader, D. L., Nagashima, K., Waitukaitis, S. R., Davidson, J., McCoy, T. J., Connolly, H. C., Lauretta, D. S. The retention of dust in protoplanetary disks: Evidence from agglomeratic olivine chondrules from the outer Solar System 2018GeCoA.223..405S

Lauretta, D. S., Balram-Knutson, S. S., Beshore, E., Boynton, W. V., Drouet d'Aubigny, C., DellaGiustina, D. N., Enos, H. L., Golish, D. R., Hergenrother, C. W., Howell, E. S., Bennett, C. A., Morton, E. T., Nolan, M. C., Rizk, B., Roper, H. L., Bartels, A. E., Bos, B. J., Dworkin, J. P., Highsmith, D. E., Lorenz, D. A., Lim, L. F., Mink, R., Moreau, M. C., Nuth, J. A., Reuter, D. C., Simon, A. A., Bierhaus, E. B., Bryan, B. H., Ballouz, R., Barnouin, O. S., Binzel, R. P., Bottke, W. F., Hamilton, V. E., Walsh, K. J., Chesley, S. R., Christensen, P. R., Clark, B. E., Connolly, H. C., Crombie, M. K., Daly, M. G., Emery, J. P., McCoy, T. J., McMahon, J. W., Scheeres, D. J., Messenger, S., Nakamura-Messenger, K., Righter, K., Sandford, S. A.  OSIRIS-REx: Sample Return from Asteroid (101955) Bennu 2017SSRv..212..925L

Daly, M. G., Barnouin, O. S., Dickinson, C., Seabrook, J., Johnson, C. L., Cunningham, G., Haltigin, T., Gaudreau, D., Brunet, C., Aslam, I., Taylor, A., Bierhaus, E. B., Boynton, W., Nolan, M., Lauretta, D. S.  The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) Investigation and Instrument 2017SSRv..212..899D

Gainsforth, Z., Lauretta, D. S., Tamura, N., Westphal, A. J., Jilly-Rehak, C. E., Butterworth, A. L.  Insights into solar nebula formation of pyrrhotite from nanoscale disequilibrium phases produced by H2S sulfidation of Fe metal 2017AmMin.102.1881G

Zega, T. J., Massani, B. B., Chang, Y. J., Domanik, K., Nebesny, K., Wallace, P., Armstrong, N. R., Corral, E., Lauretta, D. S., Swindle, T. D., Wang, W., Howe, J. Y., Hanawa, A., Inada, H.  A New Core Facility For Electron And Ion Microscopy At The University Of Arizona 2017MiMic..23S..64Z

Miller, K. E., Lauretta, D. S., Connolly, H. C., Berger, E. L., Nagashima, K., Domanik, K.  Formation of unequilibrated R chondrite chondrules and opaque phases 2017GeCoA.209...24M

Berger, E. L., Lauretta, D. S., Zega, T. J., Keller, L. P.  Heterogeneous histories of Ni-bearing pyrrhotite and pentlandite grains in the CI chondrites Orgueil and Alais 2016M&PS...51.1813B

Scheeres, D. J., Hesar, S. G., Tardivel, S., Hirabayashi, M., Farnocchia, D., McMahon, J. W., Chesley, S. R., Barnouin, O., Binzel, R. P., Bottke, W. F., Daly, M. G., Emery, J. P., Hergenrother, C. W., Lauretta, D. S., Marshall, J. R., Michel, P., Nolan, M. C., Walsh, K. J.  The geophysical environment of Bennu 2016Icar..276..116S

Andronikov, A. V., Rudnickaitė, E., Lauretta, D. S., Andronikova, I. E., Kaminskas, D., Šinkūnas, P., Melešytė, M.  Geochemical evidence of the presence of volcanic and meteoritic materials in Late Pleistocene lake sediments of Lithuania 2015QuInt.386...18A

Binzel, R. P., DeMeo, F. E., Burt, B. J., Cloutis, E. A., Rozitis, B., Burbine, T. H., Campins, H., Clark, B. E., Emery, J. P., Hergenrother, C. W., Howell, E. S., Lauretta, D. S., Nolan, M. C., Mansfield, M., Pietrasz, V., Polishook, D., Scheeres, D. J.  Spectral slope variations for OSIRIS-REx target Asteroid (101955) Bennu: Possible evidence for a fine-grained regolith equatorial ridge 2015Icar..256...22B

Takir, D., Clark, B. E., Drouet d'Aubigny, C., Hergenrother, C. W., Li, J.-Y., Lauretta, D. S., Binzel, R. P.  Photometric models of disk-integrated observations of the OSIRIS-REx target Asteroid (101955) Bennu 2015Icar..252..393T

Lauretta, D. S., Bartels, A. E., Barucci, M. A., Bierhaus, E. B., Binzel, R. P., Bottke, W. F., Campins, H., Chesley, S. R., Clark, B. C., Clark, B. E., Cloutis, E. A., Connolly, H. C., Crombie, M. K., Delbó, M., Dworkin, J. P., Emery, J. P., Glavin, D. P., Hamilton, V. E., Hergenrother, C. W., Johnson, C. L., Keller, L. P., Michel, P., Nolan, M. C., Sandford, S. A., Scheeres, D. J., Simon, A. A., Sutter, B. M., Vokrouhlický, D., Walsh, K. J.  The OSIRIS-REx target asteroid (101955) Bennu: Constraints on its physical, geological, and dynamical nature from astronomical observations 2015M&PS...50..834L

Burton, A. S., McLain, H., Glavin, D. P., Elsila, J. E., Davidson, J., Miller, K. E., Andronikov, A. V., Lauretta, D., Dworkin, J. P.  Amino acid analyses of R and CK chondrites 2015M&PS...50..470B

Bottke, W. F., Vokrouhlický, D., Walsh, K. J., Delbo, M., Michel, P., Lauretta, D. S., Campins, H., Connolly, H. C., Scheeres, D. J., Chelsey, S. R.  In search of the source of asteroid (101955) Bennu: Applications of the stochastic YORP model 2015Icar..247..191B

Schrader, D. L., Connolly, H. C., Lauretta, D. S., Zega, T. J., Davidson, J., Domanik, K. J.  The formation and alteration of the Renazzo-like carbonaceous chondrites III: Toward understanding the genesis of ferromagnesian chondrules 2015M&PS...50...15S

Berger, E. L., Keller, L. P., Lauretta, D. S.  An experimental study of the formation of cubanite (CuFe2S3) in primitive meteorites 2015M&PS...50....1B

Connolly, H. C., Lauretta, D. S., Walsh, K. J., Tachibana, S., Bottke, W. F.  Towards understanding the dynamical evolution of asteroid 25143 Itokawa: constraints from sample analysis 2015EP&S...67...12C

Davidson, J., Schrader, D. L., Alexander, C. M. O., Lauretta, D. S., Busemann, H., Franchi, I. A., Greenwood, R. C., Connolly, H. C., Domanik, K. J., Verchovsky, A.  Petrography, stable isotope compositions, microRaman spectroscopy, and presolar components of Roberts Massif 04133: A reduced CV3 carbonaceous chondrite 2014M&PS...49.2133D

Davidson, J., Krot, A. N., Nagashima, K., Hellebrand, E., Lauretta, D. S.  Oxygen isotope and chemical compositions of magnetite and olivine in the anomalous CK3 Watson 002 and ungrouped Asuka-881595 carbonaceous chondrites: Effects of parent body metamorphism 2014M&PS...49.1456D

Andronikov, A. V., Subetto, D. A., Lauretta, D. S., Andronikova, I. E., Drosenko, D. A., Kuznetsov, D. D., Sapelko, T. V., Syrykh, L. S.  In search for fingerprints of an extraterrestrial event: Trace element characteristics of sediments from the lake Medvedevskoye (Karelian Isthmus, Russia) 2014DokES.457..819A

Chesley, S. R., Farnocchia, D., Nolan, M. C., Vokrouhlický, D., Chodas, P. W., Milani, A., Spoto, F., Rozitis, B., Benner, L. A. M., Bottke, W. F., Busch, M. W., Emery, J. P., Howell, E. S., Lauretta, D. S., Margot, J.-L., Taylor, P. A.  Orbit and bulk density of the OSIRIS-REx target Asteroid (101955) Bennu 2014Icar..235....5C

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 2014Icar..234...17E

Gardner-Vandy, K. G., Lauretta, D. S., McCoy, T. J.  A petrologic, thermodynamic and experimental study of brachinites: Partial melt residues of an R chondrite-like precursor 2013GeCoA.122...36G

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 2013PDSS..211.....N

Hergenrother, C. W., Nolan, M. C., Binzel, R. P., Cloutis, E. A., Barucci, M. A., Michel, P., Scheeres, D. J., d'Aubigny, C. D., Lazzaro, D., Pinilla-Alonso, N., Campins, H., Licandro, J., Clark, B. E., Rizk, B., Beshore, E. C., Lauretta, D. S.  Lightcurve, Color and Phase Function Photometry of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroid (101955) Bennu 2013Icar..226..663H

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.  Shape model and surface properties of the OSIRIS-REx target Asteroid (101955) Bennu from radar and lightcurve observations 2013Icar..226..629N

Walsh, K. J., Delbó, M., Bottke, W. F., Vokrouhlický, D., Lauretta, D. S.  Introducing the Eulalia and new Polana asteroid families: Re-assessing primitive asteroid families in the inner Main Belt 2013Icar..225..283W

Lantz, C., Clark, B. E., Barucci, M. A., Lauretta, D. S.  Evidence for the effects of space weathering spectral signatures on low albedo asteroids 2013A&A...554A.138L

Schrader, D. L., Connolly, H. C., Lauretta, D. S., Nagashima, K., Huss, G. R., Davidson, J., Domanik, K. J.  The formation and alteration of the Renazzo-like carbonaceous chondrites II: Linking O-isotope composition and oxidation state of chondrule olivine 2013GeCoA.101..302S

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