Learn about the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission with Principal Investigator Dante S. Lauretta


Contributed by Jill Ackerman

The department of Physics is happy to welcome Dante S. Lauretta, OSIRIS REx Principal Investigator and Professor in the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona. 

Please join us for his presentation, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at noon in CNS 208.

The OSIRIS-REx mission will be returning samples from an organic-rich asteroid not found in our meteorite collections. The samples may be similar to the material that seeded Earth with the organic molecules that led to life. OSIRIS-REx will also provide ground truth for telescope spectra, investigate resources available for use in space, and help lessen the effects of asteroid impacts.

Dante Lauretta holds a Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Department of Physics at physics@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3247 as much in advance of the event as possible.