December 27, 2017

Southern Arizona 2017 Science Highlights

Busy year in astronomy and planetary science for Tucson space industry.

OSIRIS-REx at Bennu spot An artist's conception of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu (PHOTO: NASA/GSFC)

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Astronomy and planetary science dominated the scientific scene in Southern Arizona in 2017, and it will make headlines in 2018.

Among the top stories:

  • The Eclipse Across America has people looking up.

  • OSIRIS-REx orbits the sun, passes earth for a gravity boost to asteroid.

  • The Cassini spacecraft's 20-year exploration of Saturn ends.

  • The Juno mission around Jupiter continues to reveal the planet's secrets.

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