Tucson Festival of Books

Carina A. Bennett

Sponsored by Arizona Public Media

Carina A. Bennett is a project manager and software engineer in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and creative writing, a Bachelor of Science in computer science, and a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Arizona as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Iowa. She is a collaborator on the OSIRIS-REx mission to Bennu and previously worked as a senior image processing engineer as part of the mission’s Image Processing Working Group, where she developed software to automate the production of controlled mosaics and thematic maps for the mission. She has extensive experience working with images of irregularly shaped small planetary bodies and has advised the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center on the capabilities required to successfully implement 3-D shape model support. In 2019, Bennett was awarded the OSIRIS-REx PI Award of Distinction and has been nominated for a Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy for her video production work. She published her first book "Bennu 3-D: Anatomy of an Asteroid" in August 2023.

Communities: Tucsonan

Scheduled events:
The Wonders of Bennu
The authors of "Bennu 3-D" share the story of OSIRIS-REx and Bennu through vivid descriptions and extraordinary photos. Listeners and readers of the book will feel like they are right there exploring along with the scientists.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Carina Bennett, Dante Lauretta, Cat Wolner
Moderator: Jennifer Casteix
Carina A. Bennett
Bennu 3-D: Anatomy of an Asteroid Bennu, named for the ancient Egyptian phoenix, was the chosen destination of OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s premier mission of asteroid exploration, launched in 2016. Study of the asteroid is important in safeguarding the future of planet Earth, but Bennu is also a time capsule from the dawn of our Solar System, holding secrets over four-and-a-half billion years old about the origin of life and Earth as a habitable planet. In 2020 the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Bennu and collected pristine asteroid material for delivery to Earth in September 2023. Scientific studies of the samples, along with data collected during the rendezvous, promise to help find answers to some of humanity’s deepest questions: Where did we come from? What is our destiny in space? This book, the world’s first complete (and stereoscopic) atlas of an asteroid, is the result of a unique collaboration between OSIRIS-REx mission leader Dante Lauretta and Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company. Lauretta’s colleagues include Carina Bennett, Kenneth Coles, and Cat Wolner, as well as Brian May and Claudia Manzoni, who became part of the ultimately successful effort to find a safe landing site for sampling. The text details the data collected by the mission so far, and the stereo images have been meticulously created by Manzoni and May from original images collected by the OSIRIS-REx cameras.

The University of Arizona Press, Booth #242 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology

Author: Carina Bennett

Bennu 3-D
Anatomy of an Asteroid
Science / Medicine / Technology
University of Arizona Press
July 2023
ISBN 9780816551767
208 pages
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