Lovell Lecture Series 2024

Credit: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualisation Studio.
Courtesy of NASA.

Dr Sarah Crowther: OSIRIS-REx – The Journey to Bennu and Back

£12 – £10


19:30 – 21:00

Lovell Lecture Series

Dr Sarah Crowther: OSIRIS-REx – The Journey to Bennu and Back

OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first sample return mission to an asteroid, launched in September 2016 on a 7 year round trip to collect a sample from asteroid Bennu and return it to Earth for detailed analysis. The spacecraft delivered its precious cargo to Earth on 24th September 2023. Since then, the Curation and Sample Analysis Teams have been hard at work with initial characterisation and analysis of the pristine, 4.6 billion year old samples.

In this talk Sarah will give an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission, and talk about some of the initial findings from the first few months of sample analysis.

About Dr Sarah Crowther 

Dr Sarah Crowther is a Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester.

Her research looks at the evolution of the early Solar System through laboratory-based chemical analysis of extra-terrestrial materials. A large part of her research focuses on age-dating meteorites, to unravel the thermal and impact histories of their parent asteroids. Sarah has previously analysed samples returned by NASA’s Genesis mission, the Apollo missions, NASA’s Stardust mission and the Japanese Hayabusa and Hayabusa2 missions. She is a member of the international Sample Analysis Team who are currently analysing and studying samples returned by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.


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Ploughman’s Platter, £9.95

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  • Classic Ploughman’s; Crusty Bloomer, Cheddar Cheese, Gammon slices, Hand-Raised Pork Pie, Pickled Onions, Salad, Apple slices, Grapes & Chutney
  • Vegetarian Ploughman’s; Crusty Bloomer, Cheddar Cheese, Vegetarian Sausage Role, Quiche Slice, Pickled Onions, Beetroot Salad, Apple Slices, Grapes & Chutney
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Dr Sarah Crowther on BBC Breakfast