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Dante Lauretta (updated)

Dante Lauretta

Dante Lauretta's research interests focus on the origin and chemical evolution of the solar system. His main focus is the formation and alteration of minerals in the solar nebula and on meteorite parent asteroids. He is also working on the application of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry to geologic studies. In addition, he is studying the extent of Hg isotopic fractionation in natural systems. This project represents a potentially new stable isotope system with applications in meteoritics, geology, biogeochemistry, and environmental studies.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

OSIRIS-REx Readies for Asteroid Bennu

09/15/2015 | 28:50

Dante Lauretta heads the most ambitious mission to an asteroid ever mounted. With one year left till launch, he returns to Planetary Radio with an update.

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Latest Blog Posts

Xtronaut – A New Approach to Education and Public Outreach

Posted 2015/09/22 09:27 CDT | 0 comment

Historically, NASA missions set aside a portion of their budgets for education and public outreach, or EPO. However, the OSIRIS-REx EPO budget got deleted in 2013 as part of a broader federal policy change. Dante Lauretta decided to make a run at a private company to recover the lost OSIRIS-REx EPO program – and Xtronaut was born!

Populating the OSIRIS-REx Science Deck

Posted 2015/09/01 02:34 CDT | 1 comment

The assembly of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues, with many elements integrated onto the spacecraft ahead of schedule. Last month both OTES and OVIRS were delivered to Lockheed Martin and installed on the science deck.

Development of the OSIRIS-REx Sampling System: TAGSAM and the SRC

Posted 2015/04/21 04:55 CDT | 0 comment

The OSIRIS-REx team has been busy assembling and testing the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) and the Sample Return Capsule (SRC).

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