OSIRIS REx Asteroid sample and return mission

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OSIRIS REx Asteroid sample and return mission

Unread postby allynh » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:04 pm

I missed this. I saw the documentary on my local PBS station. People need to watch this. They will be at the asteroid in 2018. Watch the video and notice all the assumptions they are making. Let me know if this has already been talked about by the Team. The Team definitely needs to follow this.

This is the documentary on YouTube:

OSIRIS REx: Countdown to Launch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeYiI3OlUNY

This the Arizona Public Media.

OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch
https://tv.azpm.org/osirisrex/

This is the NASA site.

OSIRIS-REx
https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex

Wiki - OSIRIS-REx
The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is a NASA asteroid study and sample return mission.[5][6][7][8] Launched on 8 September 2016, its mission is to study asteroid 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid, and return a sample to Earth in 2023 for detailed analysis. The material returned is expected to enable scientists to learn more about the formation and evolution of the Solar System, its initial stages of planet formation, and the source of organic compounds that led to the formation of life on Earth.[9] If successful, OSIRIS-REx will be the first US spacecraft to return samples from an asteroid.

The cost of the mission will be approximately US$800 million[10] not including the Atlas V launch vehicle, which is about US$183.5 million.[11] It is the third planetary science mission selected in the New Frontiers program, after Juno and New Horizons. The Principal Investigator is Dante Lauretta from the University of Arizona.

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After traveling for approximately two years, the spacecraft is to rendezvous with asteroid 101955 Bennu in 2018 and begin 505 days of surface mapping at a distance of approximately 5 km (3.1 mi).[1] Results of that mapping will be used by the mission team to select the site from which to take a sample of the asteroid's surface.[13] Then a close approach (without landing) will be attempted to allow extension of a robotic arm to gather the sample.[14]


Wiki - 101955 Bennu
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Re: OSIRIS REx Asteroid sample and return mission

Unread postby D_Archer » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:38 am

How are they going to scoop up a piece of rock?

Maybe they expect loose dust and pick that up?

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Re: OSIRIS REx Asteroid sample and return mission

Unread postby comingfrom » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:14 am

Let us hope OSIRIS REx their theories. :D
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