PCIGR participates in asteroid project

July 31, 2023

PCIGR will be one of a handful of Canadian facilities to analyze samples from the asteroid Bennu, when the samples are returned to Earth on September 24, 2023. The facility will use its sensitive mass spectrometers to measure the elemental composition of the samples.

PCIGR is excited to be part of a coordinated international and multidisciplinary effort to understand the origins of the early solar system.

The samples were collected from Bennu by the NASA space probe OSIRIS-REx, which launched in September 2016 and rendezvoused with the asteroid in October 2020. 

Read more about this exciting project in the link below.

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First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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