LPL Evening Lecture: Dr. Dani DellaGiustina

Exploring Hazardous Asteroids with the OSIRIS Spacecraft

OSIRIS Spacecraft cover


7 to 8 p.m., Nov. 15, 2023


The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft mission characterized and collected a sample from asteroid (101955) Bennu. After the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule was released to Earth’s surface in 2023, the spacecraft diverted into a new orbit that encounters asteroid (99942) Apophis in 2029, enabling a second mission with the same unique capabilities: OSIRIS–Apophis Explorer (APEX). Apophis’ material and structure have critical implications for planetary defense.

This event is free and open to the public. All lectures will take place in the University of Arizona Kuiper Space Sciences Lecture Hall, room 308 and livestream via Zoom.

The Kuiper building is located at 1629 E. University Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking in university surface parking lots is free after 5 p.m. Please be careful not to park in service or reserved spaces. Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage is available after 5 p.m. at a cost of $1.00 per hour.

Register for Zoom webinar.