LPL Spotlight Stories
Escape from Mars: How Water Fled the Red Planet
New LPL-led research updates our understanding of how water escaped Mars – not like a leaky faucet but with a sudden splash.
Brine Migration and Impact‐Induced Cryovolcanism on Europa
Research by LPL Graduate Student Joana Voigt and Associate Professor Christopher Hamilton provides a novel explanation for how pockets of salty water can form in the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa and erupt when freezing.
Life on Ancient Earth and Alien Planets: UArizona to Lead NASA Astrobiology Projects
Two of the eight interdisciplinary research teams selected by the NASA Astrobiology Program to inaugurate its Interdisciplinary Consortia for Interdisciplinary Research program are located at the University of Arizona. Led by Betül Kaçar and Dániel Apai, the teams were selected from a pool of more than 40 proposals.
Asteroid's Scars Tell Stories of its Past
Impact craters left by space debris in the boulders on asteroid Bennu's rugged surface allowed researchers to reconstruct the history of the near-Earth object in unprecedented detail.
OSIRIS-REx Successfully Stows Sample of Asteroid Bennu
The mission team spent two days working around the clock to carry out the stowage procedure.
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid
The spacecraft seems to have bit off more than it can chew, so the mission team will expedite stowing the sample for the return trip home.
Watch: OSIRIS-REx Touchdown Causes a Stir on Asteroid Bennu
The sampling arm of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made contact with asteroid Bennu to stir up surface material and capture some of it for return to Earth in 2023.
UArizona Mission Members Celebrate OSIRIS-REx Success
Members of the LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission, along with UArizona leadership, gathered to watch NASA's live broadcast of the mission's much-anticipated Touch-and-Go, or TAG, sampling event.
OSIRIS-REx Successfully Touches Asteroid Bennu in Sample Grab
Ten years after NASA selected LPL to lead the OSIRIS-REx mission, the spacecraft successfully completed its most treacherous and rewarding task: sample collection.
What Touching an Asteroid Can Teach Us
NASA will make history on Oct. 20 by attempting its first-ever sample collection maneuver at an asteroid. LPL professor Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission, discusses the significance of the mission for science and society.