NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. On Monday, May 10, 2021, at 4:23 […]

NASA’s OSIRIS REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. On Monday, […]

This artist’s concept shows the planned flight path of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during its final flyby of asteroid Bennu, which is scheduled for April 7. Credit: ASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is on the brink of discovering the extent of the mess it made on asteroid Bennu’s surface during last fall’s […]

Overhead view of OSIRIS-REx at sample site Nightingale, with a parking lot for comparison. Credit: NASA/Goddard/CI Lab/University of Arizona   ANIMATION When landing Apollo 11 in 1969, astronauts looked out the window for distinguishing features that they recognized from maps of the Moon and were able to steer the lander to […]

The left image shows the OSIRIS-REx collector head hovering over the Sample Return Capsule (SRC) after the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism arm moved it into the proper position for capture. The right image shows the collector head secured onto the capture ring in the SRC. Both images were captured by […]

Artwork: Osiris-Rex approaching the surface of Asteroid Bennu NASA/GODDARD/UOA America’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft has completed its audacious tag-and-go manoeuvre designed to grab surface rock from an asteroid. Radio signals from 330 million km away confirm the probe made contact with the 500m-wide object known as Bennu. But the Nasa-led mission will have to […]

Estelle Church. Credit: Courtesy Estelle Church Name: Estelle Church Title: Systems Engineer and OSIRIS-REx Deputy TAG Phase Lead at Lockheed Martin Education: B.A. Physics and Astrophysics at University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA from CU Boulder Superpower Skill: Perseverance Today (October 20, 2020) Estelle Church will send the commands instructing NASA’s mission to touch […]

OSIRIS-REx at Sample Site Nightingale. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center   ANIMATION NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, will make a daring attempt to “TAG” asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020 – touch its surface and collect a sample for return to Earth. Sample site Nightingale, the mission’s targeted touch […]