NASA to Highlight Asteroid Bennu, Earth’s Polar Ice at AGU Meeting

Asteroid Bennu (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 10-14 in Washington. NASA-related briefings will stream live on the agency’s website.

Briefing topics include: the latest findings from the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) mission to asteroid Bennu and the new Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) Earth-observing mission; the lingering impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico; and an update on Voyager 2 at the edge of the solar system.

Agency scientists, and their colleagues who use NASA research capabilities, also will present noteworthy findings during scientific sessions that are open to registered media.

Details on NASA presentations will be updated online throughout the week. For a complete and up-to-date schedule of briefings and media participation information, visit:

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  • SamuelRoman13
    Change4 will launch today at 13:30. They say it is a far side mission. Not really. It will land near the South Pole. I hope it does better than Insight. Maybe they have remote control to steer to good spot. It will not land for 27 days so I will have a lot of time to check it out. It may land in perpetual light or darkness. It may not need the relay sat. as it may be in view of earth. It has a radio experiment since it does not have a view of Earth it is RF quiet. I

  • SamuelRoman13
    Looks like 44% of time it will have light. So it will freeze I expect and die. This is one of the most interesting Moon robotic missions. NASA is way behind. At least with small time delay NASA may be able to RC a lander to a good landing and not land blind like Insight. Maybe a little hovering. A pilot on Earth should not have any problem landing on a good site. Just like Apollo11. Even if you think RC is dumb Doug. As you said about Burt Rutan.

  • se jones

    Richard Hoagland must be having a field day with this image! That’s clearly a 2 bedroom ranch house in the lower left hand side of the image.

  • redneck

    I thought it was a 3 bedroom, but I won’t argue the point