Thursday, October 06, 2011

Celebration of life in honor of Mike Drake

A celebration of life in honor of UA Regents' Professor and Director of the Lunar & Planetary Lab, Michael J. Drake is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2011, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. [right, photo credit UA Lunar & Planetary Lab]

The event will be on the UA campus in the OSIRIS-REx Building, 1415 N. 6th Ave., in Tucson.

Guests are encouraged to RSVP online by October 20:

We understand parking is limited so car-pooling is encouraged.

Mike died Sept. 21. He joined the UA planetary sciences faculty in 1973 and headed LPL and the planetary sciences department since 1994. He was the principal investigator of the most ambitious UA project to date, OSIRIS-REx, an $800 million mission designed to retrieve a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth. OSIRIS-REx is due to launch in 2016. It is the largest grant or contract the UA has ever received. His passing has drawn national attention.

[taken in part from the UA news release]

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