## LPL Newsletter for February 2021

#### Monday, February 1, 2021

For our newsletter this month, we have items about studies ranging from the surface of the Earth to an object outside the Solar System — “planetary science” covers a large range of topics. Associate Professor Christopher Hamilton is studying the terrain in Iceland, using a combination of a rover and drones, in preparation for optimizing operations for future missions on the surface of Mars. Associate Professor Dániel Apai led a study of the closest brown dwarf (an object somewhere between a planet and a star in size). The closest one is still more than six light-years away from Earth. Finally, we have an update about the highly-successful OSIRIS-REx mission, led by LPL’s Dante Lauretta. Having successfully collected the sample, the team is now preparing to leave asteroid Bennu in May, still planning on returning the samples to Earth on September 24, 2023.