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After undergoing months of testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the spacecraft, tasked with carrying out the first U.S. mission to bring back a sample from an asteroid, soon will be enclosed in the nose cone of its launch rocket. Then the countdown to the Sept. 8 liftoff will be underway.
The venue now features new seating, acoustic enhancements and lighting along with an improved layout for its shows. Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium first opened in 1975.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Leadership: Inventing the Future, A Breakthrough Leadership Program for the Mining Industry and Its Stakeholders will be held February 7-10, 2017. This  four-day program is jointly sponsored by the University of Arizona Institute for Mineral Resources and Vanto Group.



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.
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.
The Atlas V that carried the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft off the planet was one big birthday candle for the mission's deputy principal investigator, who is retiring from the UA and heading off to do some backpacking. With a must-see UANews video of highlights from last week's launch in Florida.
The UA's rust-hued ENR2 building, designed with numerous sustainability features and briefly a haven for a hummingbird family, has received platinum-level LEED Certification.
The largest festival in the Southwest dedicated to showcasing the wondrous diversity of bugs is expected to draw thousands to the UA campus.
The manufacturer is tapping the College of Engineering for its mining expertise, enrolling 12 high-level employees in a new online certificate program.
Local Fresh, an improved, mobile-friendly website, offers people a better way to find produce and farmers' markets in communities throughout the state.