Text by Paul Tumarkin, Tech Launch Arizona
The UA's Dolores Hill was recently recognized as one of 12 White House Champions of Change. She and colleague Carl Hergenrother started the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! program in an attempt to engage amateur astronomers in the UA-led NASA mission to return a sample from an asteroid. The program's so-called citizen scientists collect data on near-Earth asteroids that could be used to inform similar missions in the future.