To Bennu and Back: First Results from the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission
In September 2023, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft completed a 7-year mission to return a pristine sample of the asteroid Bennu to Earth. Bennu is rich in carbon and water and holds important clues about the processes and events that shaped the evolution of habitable environments in the early Solar System. I’ll talk about the initial curation and analysis of the returned samples and what we’ve discovered about the composition of Bennu so far.
Date: 26 April 2024, 12:00 (Friday, 1st week, Trinity 2024)
Venue: Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road OX1 3AN
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Dr Ashley King (Natural History Museum)
Organising department: Department of Earth Sciences
Part of: Earth Sciences departmental seminars
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Cost: free
Audience: Public
Editor: Maria Petrunova