Outer space takes the stage when Dante Lauretta, University of Arizona professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry and Principal Investigator on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission,is joined by Geoff Notkin, star of Science Channel’s Meteorite Men, to present Bennuval! An Evening of Space, Art and Music. This live variety show features performances by some of Tucson’s most innovative entertainers, including comedic troupe Tucson Improv Movement, daredevil acrobats Flam Chen, and avant-garde music project, ChamberLab.
The Art of Planetary Science will exhibit works created from and inspired by the solar system and the scientific data with which we explore it. Meteorites will also be on display, completing the otherworldly atmosphere of this unique event.
Bennuval! takes its name from the asteroid Bennu, destination of OSIRIS-REx. Bennuval! celebrates the University of Arizona’s accomplishments in space as part of the vibrant creative culture that thrives in Tucson by bringing together art and science in an entertaining setting. Both imaginative and informative, Bennuval! establishes Tucson’s reputation as a space age city.
Currently ranked number one in NASA funding, UA has been an integral partner in space exploration since the early days of America’s space program in the 1960s. OSIRIS-REx will launch in September, 2016, and travel to the asteroid Bennu where, in 2019, it will collect a sample before returning to Earth in September, 2023. For more information on the mission: Home – OSIRIS-REx Mission