LPL Newsletter

March 2024

Despite having one "extra" day this year (as explained here by Regents Professor Renu Malhotra), the month of February came and went quickly. It was a busy month with many highlights that included one of our favorite annual activities, hosting prospective graduate students.

Other February highlights included the UArizona College of Science Lecture Series presentation by LPL postdoctoral associate Sarah Moran (the first postdoctoral scholar to present a talk in the series) and a local, big-screen showing of Arizona Public Media's OSIRIS-REx: To Bennu and Back, which was followed by a panel discussion with members of the OSIRIS-REx team. In the event you, too, had a busy month and missed the talks, we are pleased to feature them in this month's newsletter.

Strange new worlds: Steamy planets, crystal clouds, and the seeds of life

Since the first discovery of extrasolar planets in the 1990s, we have learned that the eight worlds of our solar system are just a few drops in a vast ocean of thousands of planets. LPL Director's Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Sarah Moran discusses some of the strangest worlds out in the galaxy, and the bizarre materials that make up their atmospheres. With over a year of James Webb Space Telescope observations, we now know more than ever before about what makes these planets tick.

OSIRIS-REx: to Bennu and Back,
panel discussion

Photo of asteroid Bennu
On February 24, Arizona Public Media hosted a screening of OSIRIS-REx: To Bennu and Back, an original production showcasing every captivating element of the remarkable deep-space journey through exclusive footage and interviews with the team who led the historic OSIRIS-REx Mission. After the screening, UArizona's Dr. Erika Hamden led a panel discussion with Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta, Mission Implementation Senior System Engineer Anjani Polit and the film's producer, John Booth.
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