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On the morning of Sept. 22, OSIRIS-REx — NASA’s asteroid-hunting spacecraft —passed under the Earth at just 10,711 miles over Antarctica. The craft continued northward, as it successfully completed the next major milestone of the project: The Earth Gravity Assist.
A research team with members from the University of Arizona and the National Institutes of Health are looking to remedy the harmful side effects sometimes experienced by patients following heart bypass surgery.
Of all the scientific advancements and achievements born from the UA, few projects are as high profile as the ongoing OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample recovery mission. Here is a briefing on progress so far, as well as the goals anticipated on being accomplished.
On the morning of April 21st, a group of hard-hatted, safety-goggled, (mostly) bearded individuals gather near a 20-ton boulder next to Old Main. Students of UA’s Mining and Geological Engineering department, they’d come to test their mettle and see who could drill the deepest hole into the massive rock—using a drill weighing close to 120 pounds with only two minutes to do it.
In 2002, on the big island of Hawaii, two astronomers, using the Gemini North infrared telescope, gazed in the direction of the Aquarius constellation. The two men, UA professor of astronomy Laird M. Close and then-UA graduate student Nick Siegler, were looking for binary star systems—solar systems which orbit around two stars instead of one.
In addition to NASA's big news on possibly-habitable planets nearby, last week saw a number of other big events in the world of science. Here's the scoop.