From January 24-25, Professor Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory visited Vancouver to deliver insightful presentations, tour the Motion Metrics facility, and learn about our latest developments. The visit was sponsored by Motion Metrics and included a free public lecture on ‘Exploring Asteroids in Near-Earth Space’ – a topic of interest at Motion Metrics as we initiate our “Space Mining” business unit.
Prof. Dante Lauretta is the principal investigator of NASA’s ~$1 billion Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security‒Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) asteroid sample return mission. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center provides overall mission management and Lockheed Martin Space Systems has built the spacecraft. Collaborators from institutions around the US, Canada, and other countries also contribute their expertise.
Dante’s research interests focus on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets, and he is an expert in the analysis of extraterrestrial materials, including asteroid samples, meteorites and comet particles.
Dante Lauretta, Shahram Tafazoli, and Bahram Sameti at the OSIRIS-REx Lab in Tucson, Arizona.
A pioneer in his field, Professor Lauretta shared the latest news from the OSIRIS-REx mission as the spacecraft approaches Bennu. The lecture ‘Exploring Asteroids in Near-Earth Space’ was hosted by UBC’s Pacific Museum of Earth on Thursday, January 25 at 7pm and was delivered to a full crowd!