This Tuesday October 20th at around 23.12 hr (Canary time) the NASA space probe OSIRIS-REx will make its first attempt to collect samples from the asteroid (101955) Bennu. The Instituto de Astrofísica
Touching an asteroid and coming back: OSIRIS-REx and Bennu
Studying the universe needs a major effort of scientific research and in the development of astronomical instruments.
Astrophysical research is the main objective of the IAC and corresponds to the Research Area the elaboration and development of Research Projects in the field of Astrophysics and related areas.We aim to strengthen and consolidate the position of the IAC as an international reference centre for research in Astrophysics. On regard of the research activity, it results in an effective increase in scientific production and international impact in recent years.
In order to advance observational astrophysics needs new instruments at the forefront of technology, which offers a constant challenge to produce new development in technology which can often be applied to many other fields of general utility.