LPL Spotlight Stories
OSIRIS-REx Begins its Countdown to TAG
On Oct. 20, the University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will make its first sample collection attempt. Because of the communication delay, the spacecraft must pilot itself to the surface while avoiding hazardous boulders before backing away safely with the sample.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx to Asteroid Bennu: 'You've Got a Little Vesta on You...'
Bits of the asteroid Vesta found on Bennu highlight the variety of asteroids in the solar system.
Jupiter's Moons Could be Warming Each Other
The gravitational push and pull by Jupiter's moons could account for more warming than the gas giant Jupiter alone.
Where Rocks Come Alive: OSIRIS-REx Observes an Asteroid in Action
While studying asteroid Bennu up close, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft witnessed periodic outbursts of material being kicked up from the surface. A dedicated observation campaign revealed details of the activity and the processes likely causing it.
Drs. Ali Bramson and Michael Sori will be Assistant Professors at Purdue University!
Dr. Michael Sori and Dr. Ali Bramson are Postdocs in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at UArizona. Both accepted positions as Assistant Professors in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University.
To Understand the Machinery of Life, a UArizona Scientist Breaks it on Purpose
By tinkering with some of life's oldest components, a group of astrobiologists led by UArizona's Betül Kaçar hope to find clues about how life emerged. In a recent paper, they report an unexpected discovery, hinting at an effect that prevents organisms from ever reaching evolutionary perfection.
Successful Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on Path to Asteroid Sample Collection
During its final practice run in preparation for sample collection at asteroid Bennu, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approached the surface closer than ever before.
Mapping the Solar System: From the Moon to Bennu
The University of Arizona has played a role in imaging and mapping most major objects in the solar system. Now, it adds the asteroid Bennu to the list. The Bennu Global Mosaic, as the complete map of the asteroid is called, is the highest resolution map of any celestial body.
51 Pegasi b Fellowship at University of Arizona
The 51 Pegasi b Fellowship from the Heising-Simons Foundation is now open for applications. The fellowship supports research in planetary...
New Comet NEOWISE Graces the Skies
Catch the comet in the morning sky until July 11, after which you can find it just after sunset until mid-August.