The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's annual open house had a buzz about it, with the launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fast approaching in Florida. The mission represents "a turning of the corner" in the way that the planets are investigated, says deputy principal investigator Ed Beshore.
After undergoing months of testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the spacecraft, tasked with carrying out the first U.S. mission to bring back a sample from an asteroid, soon will be enclosed in the nose cone of its launch rocket. Then the countdown to the Sept. 8 liftoff will be underway.
A UA-led research team figured out that sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean can be used to estimate future global average surface temperatures. Scientists had not previously connected Pacific sea level with changes in the globe’s temperatures.