LPL Spotlight Stories
OSIRIS-REx to Fly a Farewell Tour of Bennu
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will swoop around Bennu one more time to collect information about how the Tough-and-Go sample collection affected the asteroid before returning home.
UArizona-Led OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure
Since its launch in September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has traveled billions of miles, mapped the surface of an asteroid in unprecedented detail, and made new scientific discoveries about near-Earth asteroids. Now, it's preparing to bring a piece of asteroid Bennu home.
With $3M NASA Grant, UArizona Scientists Will Test Mars Exploration Drones in Iceland
NASA has awarded $3.1 million to Christopher Hamilton in UArizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory to develop a drone that could act as a "field assistant" to a rover and explore previously inaccessible regions on Mars.
Striped or Spotted? Winds and Jet Streams Found on the Closest Brown Dwarf
Planetary scientists wondered if bands of winds or swirling storms dominated the atmospheres of brown dwarfs. UArizona-led research has solved the mystery.
New Data Confirm 2020 SO to be the Upper Centaur Rocket Booster from the 1960’s
Using data collected at NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and orbit analysis from the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists have confirmed that Near-Earth Object (NEO) 2020 SO is, in fact, a 1960’s-Era Centaur rocket booster.
Plumes on Icy Worlds Hold Clues About What Lies Beneath
A new model shows how brine on Jupiter’s moon Europa can migrate within the icy shell to form pockets of salty water that erupt to the surface when freezing. The findings are important for the upcoming Europa Clipper mission and may explain cryovolcanic eruptions across icy bodies in the solar system.
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.
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.