LPL Spotlight Stories
NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return
Four locations on the asteroid Bennu have been selected as potential sample sites for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
A New Lens for Life-Searching Space Telescopes
UA researchers have designed a new kind of telescope that is a cheaper, lighter and more powerful option than creating telescopes using ever-larger mirrors. With a fleet of the newly designed space telescopes, they aim to scour a thousand worlds for the chemical signatures of life.
Travel to Alien Moons with UA Expert Guides
Humans first explored the Earth’s moon 50 years ago, an impressive feat for sure. But if you are interested in venturing a little off the beaten path, here are some other extraordinary moons to visit in the future.
$3M in NASA Funding to Help Students Build CubeSats
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project Institutional Research Opportunity program will give students in Arizona and Puerto Rico the opportunity to collaborate with scientists and engineers on the next generation of space exploration technology.
Mapping the Moon and Worlds Beyond
UA scientists were instrumental in creating the first photographic atlases of the moon, which helped NASA successfully complete the Apollo 11 mission. Fifty years later, UA scientists are busy mapping worlds throughout our solar system.
Exploring A Desert Portal to Other Worlds
The merge between astronomy and geology, necessary to get humans to the moon, led to the birth of modern-day planetary science and a long history of field trips that continue to this day, enabling fledgling scientists to interpret data from far-off worlds without leaving Earth.
From Points of Light to Worlds: UA Explores the Solar System
A determined bunch of scientists set out to map the moon in preparation of the Apollo landings, but that was only the beginning. A new field of science blossomed, and UA scientists have been involved in nearly every U.S. space mission since.
Undergraduate Students at Work on OSIRIS-REx
When she’s not in class or training to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon, you can find undergraduate Stephanie Stewart hard at work with her teammates on OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission.
How the UA Guided Men to the Moon
The maps and images created by a small UA team at the start of the space race opened the door for lunar and planetary exploration 50 years ago.
Asteroid Hunter Amy Mainzer Joining LPL Fall 2019
UA News Press Release - June 19, 2019 Amy Mainzer , one of the world's leading scientists in asteroid detection...