The People

Dante Lauretta

Dante Lauretta is principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission and a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. His research interests focus on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets, and he is an expert in the analysis of extrater-restrial materials, including asteroid samples, meteorites and comet particles.

Dr. Lauretta heads a research team at the UA working on this mission, which has included more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students. The mission was selected in 2011, launched in 2016, and returns samples back to Earth in 2023. Sample analysis continues until 2025. This project will help ensure that the University of Arizona remains at the forefront of planetary exploration for the next decade.

Heather Enos

Heather Enos is deputy principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. She has two decades of experience managing space mission operations at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, with a particular emphasis on spacecraft instrument operations. Previously, she was a member of NASA’s Mars Odyssey and the Phoenix Mars Lander mission teams.

Ms. Enos holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. For the OSIRIS-REx mission, Ms. Enos provides management oversight to instrument operations, provides planning and commanding for science observations, performs strategic analysis of mission resource utilization, and identifies and recommends mitigation strategies for all risks to the scientific integrity of the mission.


Media Contacts

Daniel Stolte

UANews, Science Writer

Mikayla Mace

UANews, Science Writer