LPL Newsletter: December 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

OSIRIS-REx is getting closer and closer to its rendezvous with asteroid Bennu. In anticipation of the upcoming encounter, we feature a recent (November 16) image of the asteroid. Shortly after the spacecraft goes into orbit around Bennu on December 3, high-resolution images will be downlinked on a regular basis. The team will present its initial results at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, D.C., in mid-December—and then the detailed study of the asteroid will begin, in preparation for collecting a sample in mid-2020.

But even as OSIRIS-REx arrives at its target, there are LPL researchers working on future missions and on the instruments for those missions.

One such instrument under consideration is a seismometer that would determine details about the subsurface of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. A group led by LPL Senior Staff Scientist Dr. Daniella DellaGiustina spent time on the ice sheet in northern Greenland this summer doing field work testing some of the concepts and equipment that would be involved.

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Timothy D. Swindle, Ph.D.
Director and Department Head