LPL Newsletter for September 2021

Thursday, September 1, 2021

A pair of announcements serve as introductions to this month's LPL Newsletter

First, we are pleased to announce that Professor Heather Knutson has been named the inaugural speaker for the Adam P. Showman Distinguished Visiting Lectureship, scheduled for April 18-22, 2022. One of Professor Knutson’s research areas is atmospheric circulation, a topic that was of particular interest for Professor Showman. Our thanks go out to all the generous donors whose support has made this lectureship possible. 

And in conjunction with this month’s OSIRIS-REx news, we are excited to announce that Daniella DellaGiustina has been named Deputy Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission. Dani is currently Image Processing Lead Scientist for OSIRIS-REx. As Deputy PI, Dani will be responsible for oversight of OSIRIS-REx extended mission activities if NASA greenlights an extended mission as part of an upcoming review.

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Professor Heather Knutson Named Showman Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Knutson studies the dynamics and chemistry of extrasolar planetary atmospheres, one of the many fields in which Professor Adam Showman conducted pioneering research.

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OSIRIS-REx Improves Understanding of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

NASA and UArizona scientists were able to significantly reduce uncertainties about asteroid Bennu's orbit and determine the likelihood of the asteroid impacting Earth between now and the year 2300.