University’s largest project in its history will study life’s origin
UA wins $800M NASA contract
By Tom Beal and Becky Pallack
NASA has chosen the
The ancient asteroid, dating from the beginning of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago, should be brimming with the precursors of organic life, said Michael Drake, principal investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission and head of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
It will be the largest project ever led by the UA and will keep generations of researchers and students engaged in uncovering clues to the beginnings of life, Drake said.