LPL Spotlight Stories
NASA Extends UArizona-Led Asteroid Search Mission
For two more years, NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or NEOWISE, will continue its hunt for asteroids and comets – including objects that could pose a hazard to Earth.
Researchers Trace Dust Grain's Journey Through Newborn Solar System
Combining atomic-scale sample analysis and models simulating likely conditions in the nascent solar system, a new study reveals clues about the origin of crystals that formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.
UArizona to Lead Mission to Discover Potentially Dangerous Asteroids
NASA has tasked Amy Mainzer, an expert in infrared astronomy at the University of Arizona, with delivering NEO Surveyor, a mission to find, track and characterize yet unseen asteroids and comets that may pose a threat to Earth.
Asteroid 16 Psyche Might Not Be What Scientists Expected
New UArizona research finds that the target asteroid of NASA's Psyche mission may not be as metallic or dense as previously predicted.
$2M Gift Advances UArizona Space Science Initiatives
The gift will enable the purchase of a nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometer, an instrument the analysis team will use to help find answers to fundamental questions about the origins of the solar system.
Bennu in the Sky, on the Canvas and (Soon) in Zoe Zeszut's Hands
Zoe Zeszut painted mythological birds perched on the Bennu features that carry their names.
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft is Headed Home with Asteroid Sample
After nearly five years in space, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from near-Earth asteroid Bennu.
Volcanoes on Mars Could be Active, Raising Possibility that the Planet was Recently Habitable
New observations reveal that Mars could still be volcanically active, raising the possibility for habitable conditions below the surface of Mars in recent history.
Behind the Scenes with Carina Bennett
In 2019, the University of Arizona rolled out a new brand, Wonder, rooted in the university’s purpose and values and designed to capture the spirit of curiosity that powers Wildcat creativity and ingenuity.
Mapping Bennu: UArizona alumna’s wonder moment begins with the OSIRIS-REx mission and a pinpoint of light.