NASA has extended the University of Arizona-led mission, which will be renamed OSIRIS-APEX, to study near-Earth asteroid Apophis for 18 months. Apophis will make a close approach to Earth in 2029. The extension adds another $200 million to the mission cost cap. Read more on the UA News that features this article.
Lunar and Planetary Sciences assistant professor and OSIRIS-REx deputy principal investigator Daniella DellaGiustina is to become principal investigator of OSIRIS-APEX.
Dani received her PhD from the Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona in 2021. Congratulations Dani!