LPL Spotlight Stories
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Curation Team Clears Hurdle to Access Remaining Bennu Sample
Before this milestone, the curation team already had collected more than the 60 grams required to declare the mission a success.
UArizona-led Asteroid Sampling Mission's New Journey: OSIRIS-APEX
Under the leadership of the University of Arizona's Dani Mendoza DellaGiustina, the former OSIRIS-REx spacecraft sets off on a journey to study asteroid Apophis and take advantage of the asteroid's 2029 flyby of Earth.
Sweating The Small Stuff: UArizona Scientists Have Begun To Study Samples From Asteroid Bennu
At the university's Kuiper-Arizona Laboratory for Astromaterials Analysis (K-ALFAA), a suite of instruments allows researchers to study the particles collected by the OSIRIS-REx mission the down to the atomic scale.
Recent Volcanism on Mars Reveals a Planet More Active than Previously Thought
University of Arizona researchers reconstructed lava flows from spacecraft images and radar to better understand Mars' surprisingly turbulent history.
Citizen Science Project Nets a New Asteroid, and It's a Close One
Members of the public helped the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey spot a previously unknown near-Earth asteroid on its orbit around the sun. The asteroid, TW 2023, has no chance of colliding with Earth.
Tracking an Errant Space Rocket to a Mysterious Crater on the Moon
A new study shows how a team at the University of Arizona's Space4 Center tracked down a contested piece of space junk that crashed onto the moon and provides an explanation for why it left not one but two craters.
OSIRIS-REx Flies on as OSIRIS-APEX to Explore a Second Asteroid
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission learned much about the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu and its risk to Earth. Now, the mission will change hands and target a different kind of potentially hazardous asteroid, Apophis.
Tracking the Bennu Sample Capsule's Separation from OSIRIS-REx
Data collected ahead of the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule's plunge into Earth's atmosphere will help test algorithms used to pinpoint asteroids that could impact Earth.
Digital Terrain Models Zero in on Martian Surface
Realistic, to-scale renditions of otherworldly landscapes, created by a team at the university's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, help lay the groundwork for ongoing and future Mars exploration campaigns.
UArizona Researchers Probe How a Piece of the Moon Became a Near-Earth Asteroid
An interesting pathway could have led the moon fragment to reach Earth's orbital space.