York University space engineer to provide update on OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission


TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2019 –Lassonde School of Engineering Professor and Director of York’s Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science Michael Daly will join a panel of Canadian scientists and engineers from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx to update the public on the first-ever sampling mission by NASA that explores the near-Earth asteroid, Bennu. The mission, which plans to bring a small sample back to Earth, aims to revolutionize our understanding of asteroids and the origins of the universe. Daly is the scientific lead for the Canadian instrument on the mission.

Daly will speak about how York University’s research is contributing to this exploration and contribute to the discussion on how Canadian research and expertise is involved.

Canadian experts Tim Haltigin (Canadian Space Agency), Kate Howells (Planetary Society, Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board member) and Kim Tait (Royal Ontario Museum) will join Daly to discuss the latest OSIRIS-REx data transmitted to Earth following the spacecraft’s arrival at Bennu in December 2018.

Who: Professor Michael Daly, Lassonde School of Engineering, Tim Haltigin, Canadian Space Agency, Kate Howells, Planetary Society and Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board member and Kim Tait, Royal Ontario Museum

What: Panel on Getting to Know Bennu: Updates on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample-Return Mission

When: Friday,Jan. 25, 2019, Doors Open: 5:30 pm, Lecture: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Level 1B

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To schedule interviews with Professor Michael Daly contact:

Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 44543, anayyar@yorku.ca