LPL Spotlight Stories
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Completes Final Tour of Asteroid Bennu
Mission scientists will compare the final shots of the asteroid Bennu with images taken before the touch-and-go maneuver, which kicked up dust and rocks. Images are expected in about a week and will help scientists understand the asteroid's composition.
A Final Look At Bennu Before OSIRIS-REx Heads Home
The OSIRIS-REx mission is on the brink of discovering the extent of the mess it made on asteroid Bennu's surface during last fall's sample collection event.
Probing Alien Worlds: NASA's Pandora Mission Builds on UArizona Research
Tools and methods developed at the University of Arizona will help scientists study the atmosphere of exoplanets as part of NASA's Pandora mission concept.
Io Volcano Observer: Following the Heat and Hunting Clues to Planet Evolution
A proposed mission called Io Volcano Observer (IVO) would visit Jupiter’s moon Io, which is a true volcanic wonderland with hundreds of erupting volcanoes gushing tons of molten lava and sulfurous gases at any moment. https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/faculty/mcewen
How Microbes in Iceland Can Teach Us About Possible Life on Mars
Dr Solange Duhamel and Dr Christopher Hamilton, based at the University of Arizona, have brought together their respective expertise in environmental microbiology and planetary science to investigate how life could survive on Mars. Fascinatingly, this has been done by exploring an area in Iceland that resembles the red planet.
UArizona-Led HiRISE Camera Helped Guide Mars Rover to the Perfect Spot
The camera also captured the descent of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
A New Way to Look for Life-Sustaining Planets
Associate Professor Daniel Apai is a member of an international team of astronomers that developed new capabilities that make it possible to directly image planets that could potentially harbor life within the habitable zone of a neighboring star system.
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.