Tucson Festival of Books

Cat Wolner

Sponsored by Linda and Rick Hanson

C. W. V. (Cat) Wolner, of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, is the Chief Editor of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Before joining OSIRIS-REx, Wolner worked at the editorial-production nexus of the journal Science, was a science writer for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and studied geosciences at Oberlin College, University of Aberdeen and University of Virginia. Wolner is a co-author of "Bennu 3-D," an atlas and history of the asteroid visited by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, featuring stereoscopic images and detailed maps of this nearby yet alien world.

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent

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
Cat Wolner
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: Cat Wolner

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