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  • NASA Tests Thrusters on Journey to Asteroid Bennu

    NASA Tests Thrusters on Journey to Asteroid Bennu
    October 7, 2016 -
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM) thrusters for the first time Friday in order to slightly adjust its trajectory on the outbound journey from Earth to the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft’s...

  • NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Aces Instrument Check

    NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Aces Instrument Check
    September 26, 2016 -
    Its science instruments have been powered on, and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues on its journey to an asteroid. The spacecraft has passed its initial instrument check with flying colors as it speeds toward a 2018 rendezvous with...

  • OSIRIS-REx Mission Status Report – Sept. 15

    OSIRIS-REx Mission Status Report – Sept. 15
    September 15, 2016 -
    One week post-launch, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft remains healthy and is on track for its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu.  As of noon EDT...

  • PI BLOG: OSIRIS-REx – Day 2 in Space

    PI BLOG:  OSIRIS-REx – Day 2 in Space
    September 10, 2016 -
    Our spacecraft continues to operate flawlessly. Kudos to the operations team members who have been tracking and operating the spacecraft since separation! Here are some details on recent status.  After a flawless launch day, day 2 has...

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Speeds Toward Asteroid Rendezvous

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Speeds Toward Asteroid Rendezvous
    September 8, 2016 -
    NASA's first asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar...

  • PI BLOG: The Atlas V 411 AV-067: Our Ride to Space

    PI BLOG:  The Atlas V 411 AV-067: Our Ride to Space
    August 23, 2016 -
    OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for lift-off from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm EDT. The daily launch window is almost two hours long, extending to 9:00 pm EDT. The entire...

  • NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission

    NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission
    August 17, 2016 -
    NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could...

  • PI BLOG: 39 Days to Launch – What’s Left to Get Done?

    PI BLOG:  39 Days to Launch – What’s Left to Get Done?
    July 31, 2016 -
    With only 39 days to go until we launch OSIRIS-REx our schedule is packed with activities. Here is a quick rundown of what the team has left to do to get ready to blast this asteroid-sampling robot into space....

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Will Have a Map for That

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Will Have a Map for That
    May 25, 2016 -
    On Sept. 8, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the unknown surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, OSIRIS-REx’s mission includes mapping the exotic terrain it...

  • PI BLOG: The Journey to Kennedy Space Center

    PI BLOG:  The Journey to Kennedy Space Center
    May 24, 2016 -
    The OSIRIS-REx project continues to progress seamlessly through the Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) phase. We are now done with the AT portion of this phase and have started LO. The test phase ended with the completion of the...

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