December 29, 2016

Year-End: Space Missions Topped Arizona Science News

Science reporter Sara Hammond looks back at discovery and destinations.

OSIRIS-REx cruising hero
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Space missions dominated the science news in Southern Arizona in 2016.

Sara Hammond recalls the launch of the University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission, a seven-year journey to a pristine space rock that researchers hope will provide clues to the origin of the universe.

Sara also looks back at:

  • The Juno mission to Jupiter that two Tucson-based scientists are part of.
  • Why El Niño really wasn’t a bust, although the desert didn’t get the expected precipitation.
  • UA researchers’ work to understand Alzheimer’s and other brain aging diseases.
  • The passing of moon-mapper Ewen Whitaker.
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