UA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Speeds Toward Asteroid

NASA's first asteroid sampling mission, led by the University of Arizona, launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system.

Bound for Bennu! OSIRIS-REx Launch Was 'Perfect'

After 12 years, the spacecraft for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission is finally off the ground, much to the relief of the scientist who has been there every step of the way, Dante Lauretta.

Michael Drake's Dream Is Ready for Takeoff

The UA-led OSIRIS-REx mission, conceived 12 years ago and finally green-lighted by NASA in 2011, is the first U.S. mission to send a robotic spacecraft to retrieve a sample from a primitive carbonaceous asteroid.

Career Map Surprised OSIRIS-REx Scientist

Meet UA alumna Daniella DellaGiustina, the lead image processing scientist for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. DellaGiustina wasn't planning on a career in planetary science but has become one of several key women on the project.

UA Engineering Students, Alumni Critical to OSIRIS-REx Mission

UA alumni and engineering students are helping ensure all systems are go for the OSIRIS-REx mission. The launch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. today, Tucson time.

Let's Do Launch: Where to Watch OSIRIS-REx

The countdown is on for Thursday, and the community is invited to the UA Mall to watch the launch of the first U.S. mission to bring back a sample from an asteroid. In addition, businesses near campus and in downtown Tucson will host events and promotions to celebrate the UA-led mission.

The Supernova That Wasn't: A Tale of 3 Cosmic Eruptions

Combining images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope over more than 20 years, UA researchers discovered that Eta Carinae, a very massive star system, has a past that's much more violent than they thought.

New Cohort of Two Dozen University Fellows Named

Among the Graduate College University Fellows are those addressing the origins of the universe, how species respond to environmental changes and how music education can reduce poverty.

OSIRIS-REx Interest Grows as Launch Day Nears

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.