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Frontiers Lecture: Probing Asteroids in Space

Part of Frontiers Lectures

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rendering of spacecraft OSIRIS probing an asteroid

Can scientists catch an asteroid in space? Harold C. Connolly Jr. provides an in-depth dispatch on the progress of the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 spacecraft missions, which are currently probing asteroids Bennu and Ryugu. These ongoing missions will extract and return samples from the asteroids which will help scientists understand the precursors of life and provide clues for safeguarding our planet from asteroid impacts. Carter Emmart and Denton Ebel join Connolly to share visualizations of these active missions.

Meet the Presenter

headshot of Harold Connolly with an asteroid in the background
Harold C. Connolly, Jr., is the Mission Sample Scientist and Co-I on NASA’s New Frontiers 3 asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, and Co-I on JAXA’s Hayabusa2 asteroid sample return mission. He is also the founding Chair of, and a Professor in, the Department of Geology, School for Earth and Environment, Rowan University. Dr. Connolly’s research is focused on understanding the origin of rocky bodies in the Solar System through the study of asteroids and meteorites.

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