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Friday, June 2, 2017 11 a.m. to noon

Nasa's OSIRIS-REx: Learn about asteroid sample return mission

Dr. Dante Lauretta 
Professor of planetary science and cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00am
Physical Sciences Building 161

Dante Lauretta is a professor of planetary science and cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He is currently serving as the Principal investigator on NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.   OSIRIS-REx is the United States' premier mission to visit one of the most potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids to:

  • survey it to assess its impact hazard and resource potential
  • understand its physical and chemical properties
  • return a sample of this body to Earth for detailed scientific analysis

Lauretta is an expert in near-Earth asteroid formation and evolution.  He received a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997.


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