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NASA: What is OSIRIS-REx?


This is an artist’s concept of the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule being released for its return to Earth. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Published on Jan 27, 2014

What is OSIRIS-REx? The University and NASA hosted OSIRIS-REx channel presents this new 321Science video about the mission and its acronym. This video explores what the OSIRIS-REx mission will do when it visits asteroid Bennu in 2018.

 

Published on May 16, 2013

This NASA Goddard video explains the mission of OSIRIS-REx, its visit of a Near Earth asteroid called Bennu and return with samples that may hold clues to the origins of the solar system and perhaps life itself. It will also investigate the asteroid’s chance of impacting Earth in 2182. For the mission, NASA has selected the team led by Principal Investigator Dr. Dante Lauretta from the University of Arizona. NASA GSFC will manage the mission and Lockheed Martin Space Systems will build the spacecraft. Arizona State University will supply the OTES instrument; NASA GSFC will supply the OVIRS instrument; the Canadian Space Agency will supply the OLA instrument; the University of Arizona will supply the OCAMS camera suite; Harvard/MIT will supply the REXIS instrument; and Flight Dynamics will supply the KinetX instrument.