PLS - Richard Binzel

Richard Binzel
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Hybrid (Zoom & room 915)

Undaunted Exploration: NASA's Lucy Mission and Updates on New Horizons, OSIRIS-REx, and Future Opportunities

Spacecraft exploration of our solar system is not for the faint of heart, with every mission requiring years - and even decades - of planning and preparation before being successfully funded and flown.  Join this talk for an inside look at four NASA missions: New Horizons to Pluto, OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return, Lucy Mission to the Trojan Asteroids, and Psyche Mission to a Metallic World. One future opportunity for a new field, asteroid seismology, comes in April 2029 as the asteroid Apophis undergoes tidal stress while passing by the Earth at a distance closer than geosynchronous satellites.

About this Series:

The MIT Planetary Lunch Seminar [PLS] is a weekly seminar series organized within the EAPS department. Colloquia topics span the range of research interests of the department's planetary sciences research program. The seminars usually take place on Tuesdays from 12-1:30 pm unless otherwise noted (term-time only). Speakers include members of the MIT community and visitors. Talks are intended to appeal to graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, and faculty with a background in planetary science. Contact: