LPL Spotlight Stories
Alfred McEwen Appointed Regents' Professor
University Communications - April 15, 2019 The Arizona Board of Regents on April 11 confirmed the appointments of University of...
UA Study Suggests Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars
A new study conducted by LPL scientists suggests volcanoes may have been recently boiling deep below the surface of the Red Planet, which could explain the potential presence of liquid water underneath the polar ice caps.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record
By Erin Morton, OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission - December 31, 2018 At 2:43 p.m. EST on December 31, while...
Stellar Corpse Reveals Clues to Missing Stardust
The origin of stardust, which makes up most of the matter in our solar system, including us, is more complicated than previously thought, according to new observations of a mysterious object 15,000 light-years from Earth.
UA Researcher Captures Rare Radar Images of Comet 46P/Wirtanen
A LPL-led team took the best known opportunity for the next 30 years to image a comet with radar, resulting in some unique and surprising information about Comet 46P/Wirtanen.
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.