LPL Newsletter: February 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

Although we are the “Lunar and Planetary” Laboratory, sometimes we study much smaller objects to learn what is going on with the planets and moons. This month, we highlight two stories featuring "the small stuff."

In the first, Regents' Professor Renu Malhotra talks about working in “the attic of the Solar System” and studying the objects in the Kuiper Belt to understand if there might be another planet hiding out there.

In the second, the topic is the smallest object a spacecraft has ever orbited—the object is Bennu, the spacecraft is OSIRIS-REx. Besides the wonderful science, OSIRIS-REx is also performing feats of navigation that are not at all trivial.

I hope you enjoy reading about these news items.

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