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(VIRTUAL) NMPBS Science Cafe: TOUCHING THE ASTEROID

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NMPBS presents the February Science Cafe featuring Dr. Jeff Saul

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TOUCHING THE ASTEROID

Saturday, February 27, 2021

You are invited to join us for a Virtual Science Cafe

On Oct. 20, 2020, the NASA spacecraft named OSIRIS-REx traveled some 207 million miles to reach out and grab a piece of an asteroid named Bennu and bring it back to Earth. The spacecraft successfully descended to a spot the size of two parking spaces and touched down for five seconds while extending its specialized arm to collect material from the surface of Bennu. It will send that sample on a two-year journey back to Earth then parachute down to the desert of Utah, and then the next step of exploration of Bennu will begin.

Attend the February NMPBS Science Café virtually via OVEE, watch NOVA Touching the Asteroid and join a discussion with Dr. Jeff Saul. He will discuss how this mission may provide great insight into Earth’s own origins and even learn to defend against rogue asteroids that may one day threaten our planet.

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Jeff Saul, Ph.D., was a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico where he taught introductory Physics and Astronomy classes including running the Introductory Astronomy Lab. He earned a BS from UC Irvine and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland in Physics Education Research.


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