Tag Archives: 3200 Phaethon

Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx mission has the unique challenge of visiting asteroid Bennu, characterizing it at global and local scales, then selecting the best site on the asteroid surface to acquire a sample for return to Earth. In order to minimize the risk of exploring an unknown world, OSIRIS-REx has recruited some of the best asteroid astronomers […]

OSIRIS-REx – The French Connection

OSIRIS-REx is an international effort, with team members from the U.S., Canada, France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. This diversity brings great strength to our team. I am pleased to report that last month NASA signed an international agreement with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, the French space agency. This […]

The Strange Life of Asteroid Phaethon – Source of the Geminid Meteors

Guest Blogger – Carl Hergenrother This weekend brings an opportunity to observe the Geminid meteor shower, one of the best and most interesting showers of the year. If the sky is clear where you live, this Saturday morning will provide one of the few nights when it’s almost guaranteed that you will be able to […]