Tuesday, November 29, 2016 — 3:00 PM EST

Speaker: Michael Daly

The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) is Canada's contribution to the 2016 NASA OSIRIS-REx mission. This NASA mission launched in 2016 to asteroid 101955 Bennu with the major goal of returning a sample of Bennu. Bennu is very dark B-type asteroid, a rare subgroup of the dark, carbonaceous C-type. These asteroids are considered “primitive” having undergone little processing from their time of formation. This talk will provide a summary of the mission and its objectives.  It will also detail the capabilities of OLA - the progenitor of a new class of space exploration lidars that are optimized for small-body exploration. The broader Canadian participation in the mission and the activities underway to prepare for the OLA dataset will also be described.

Location 
University of Guelph, MacN
415

Guelph, ON
Canada

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