LPL Newsletter for October 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

Have you ever wondered how planets form? Or how objects like asteroid Bennu may have contributed the building blocks for life on Earth? And what's really going on with Saturn and those rings? We've got some answers.

We've also got The Art of Planetary Science, an outstanding exhibit of space-themed art hosted annually at LPL. This year's in-person exhibit was held September 24 - 26 in the Kuiper Space Sciences building, but don't worry if you missed it—you can enjoy the online galleries through October 31.

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Two planets colliding

Earth and Venus Grew Up As Rambunctious Planets

Using machine learning and simulations of giant impacts, a team of researchers led by LPL Professor Erik Asphaug found that the planets residing in the inner solar system were likely born from repeated hit-and-run collisions, challenging conventional models of planet formation. 

Asteroid Bennu

Meet the LPL Scientists Investigating a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid

In this episode of Motherboard’s Space ShowOSIRIS-REx scientists talk about asteroid Bennu and their paths to careers in planetary science. 

Saturn with Arizona Science logo

Exploring the Planet Saturn

Saturn holds special interest for LPL director Mark Marley, who discusses his research in this interview with former director Tim Swindle.

Art of Planetary Science logo

The Art of Planetary Science 2021: Space Travel

LPL was proud to host the 8th annual The Art of Planetary Science (TAPS) exhibit in September. Read more about the event and how you can view the online galleries through October 31.