Tag Archives: Solar System

OSIRIS-REx in Casablanca – The 77th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Guest blogger: Professor Harold C. Connolly Jr. In the second week of September 2014, approximately 450 scientists from around the world gathered in Casablanca, Morocco to give professional talks and discuss all things meteorite—this was the 77th annual meeting of the international Meteoritical Society. The meeting is the major yearly gathering for scientists whose research […]

The Osirian Asteroid Family

Asteroid Families Defined The asteroid community recently gathered in Helsinki, Finland for the 12th Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Conference. As this meeting showed, one of the hottest topics in asteroid science is the study of asteroid families. The majority of asteroids orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. As a century of research has shown, […]

OSIRIS-REx at the 2014 Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Conference

  I just recently returned from a trip to Helsinki, Finland to attend the 12th Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Conference. The ACM conference focuses on the research of small Solar System bodies and their role in understanding the formation and evolution of the Solar System. Topics range from the evolution of extrasolar planetary systems to […]

Reddit – Ask Me Anything – Top 10 Questions

On April 15, 2014 I hosted my second Reddit – Ask Me Anything Session. The response from the Reddit community was great and many insightful questions were asked. Here are the top-10 questions from this event: #1 – I have trouble planning my weekend more than a day in advance. What are some of the […]

CSI: OSIRIS-REx

AKA – Contamination Science Investigation for OSIRIS-REx OSIRIS-REx is driven by the top-level science objective to return >60 g of pristine, carbonaceous regolith from asteroid Bennu.  In support of this objective, OSIRIS-REx has a team of sample scientists, based at Johnson Space Center (JSC), who are capable of analyzing material down to the atomic level. […]

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 […]

DEWG – Where’s my Asteroid?

The OSIRIS-REx mission is driven by five major science objectives. One of these objectives is to “Understand the interaction between asteroid thermal properties and orbital dynamics by measuring the Yarkovsky effect on a potentially hazardous asteroid [Bennu] and constrain the asteroid properties that contribute to this effect.” Read on to find out what this means […]

My Journey to the Asteroid Frontier – Part 2

As described in a previous post, my college life culminated in the realization that, after much soul searching and personal exploration, I was destined to pursue a career in planetary science. Believe it or not, the internet was not easily accessible in 1993. In order to research potential graduate schools, I had to trek to […]