LPL Spotlight Stories
UA-Led OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu
Observations made by the spacecraft during its approach of Bennu reveal that the asteroid interacted with water in its early history and is an excellent specimen for the mission, which is slated to return a sample of surface material to Earth in 2023.
UA Undergrad Works to ID OSIRIS-REx Touchdown Site
Systems engineering and mathematics double major Keara Burke is helping NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft find the perfect place to collect samples at its far-flung destination, the asteroid Bennu.
Unknown Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust
The first unbiased survey of protoplanetary disks surrounding young stars in the Taurus star-forming region turned up a higher-than-expected number of disks with features suggesting nascent planets.
OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Asteroid Bennu
Since its launch on Sept. 8, 2016, OSIRIS-REx has spent two years catching up with asteroid Bennu on its orbit around the sun. The spacecraft's arrival at Bennu on Dec. 3 marks a major milestone, with the mission transitioning from flying toward the asteroid to orbiting around it.
We're at Bennu! What's Next?
The LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission kicks into high gear while the spacecraft is on its final approach, closing in on asteroid Bennu and scheduled for arrival on Dec. 3. UA mission experts explain what comes next.
UA Ranked in Top 25 for Research Funding
The UA's strengths in physical sciences and NASA funding make it one of the top research universities in the country, according to the Higher Education Research and Development survey recently released by the NSF.
Ceres Takes Life an Ice Volcano at a Time
By Emily Walla, NASA Intern/University Communications - September 14, 2018 Every year throughout its 4.5-billion-year life, ice volcanoes on the...
OSIRIS-REx Captures First Glimpse of Asteroid Bennu
By Daniel Stolte, University Communications, and Erin Morton, OSIRIS-REx - August 24, 2018 After an almost two-year journey through space,...
LPL Scientists Gear Up to 'Touch the Sun'
By Daniel Stolte, University Communications - August 8, 2018 Look at any image of the Earth taken from space and...
Planet-Forming Disks May Resemble Solar System 5 Billion Years Ago
By Emily Litvack, UA Research, Discovery and Innovation - June 14, 2018 To make a planet, you need stuff. Protoplanetary...