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New research by a UArizona undergraduate finds that asteroid 16 Psyche, the target of an upcoming NASA mission, may not be as metallic or dense as predicted.
After nearly five years in space, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from asteroid Bennu.
The Arizona Board of Regents confirmed the appointments of UArizona faculty members Steven Archer, Sonia Colina, Marwan Krunz, Dante Lauretta, Sallie Marston and Ian Pepper as Regents Professors.
Like boot prints on the moon, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft left its mark on asteroid Bennu. Images taken during the spacecraft's final flyover reveal the aftermath of the historic encounter with the asteroid.
Mission scientists will compare the final shots of the asteroid Bennu with images taken before the touch-and-go maneuver, which kicked up dust and rocks.
The OSIRIS-REx mission is on the brink of discovering the extent of the mess it made on asteroid Bennu's surface during October's sample collection.
Before departing for Earth on May 10, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will perform a final flyby of Bennu – capturing its last images of sample collection site Nightingale.
On May 10, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will depart asteroid Bennu and begin its two-year journey back to Earth, where scientists will study the dust and rocks it collected from the asteroid's surface.