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  • PI BLOG: How Do We Know When We Have Collected a Sample of Bennu?

    PI BLOG:  How Do We Know When We Have Collected a Sample of Bennu?
    March 13, 2015 -
    Guest Blogger: Kevin Walsh.  A huge amount of effort goes into deciding where to try to collect a sample on Bennu. There are roughly nine months to survey, map and model the asteroid to help make this decision, and I will describe some of...

  • OSIRIS-REx Mission Successfully Completes System Integration Review

    February 27, 2015 -
    This week marked the completion of an important step on the path to spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security - Regolith Explorer or OSIRIS-REx...

  • PI BLOG: Rosetta and OSIRIS-REx – Friends on the Frontier

    PI BLOG:  Rosetta and OSIRIS-REx – Friends on the Frontier
    February 24, 2015 -
    Guest Blogger: Ed Beshore.  Dante has written extensively here about the science we hope to accomplish both at Bennu and when we return a sample to the Earth. He and other guest columnists like me have also discussed the design and...

  • PI BLOG: OVIRS Development – Rising From the Ashes

    PI BLOG:  OVIRS Development – Rising From the Ashes
    February 15, 2015 -
    Guest Bloggers: Jason Hair, Dennis Reuter, and Amy Simon. Building a mission or an instrument is not for the faint of heart. While engineering teams develop plans to avoid major mishaps, sometimes even the best laid plans aren’t enough....

  • PI Blog: The OSIRIS-REx Heavy Launch Opportunity

    PI Blog:  The OSIRIS-REx Heavy Launch Opportunity
    February 9, 2015 -
    As recent press articles have discussed, the OSIRIS-REx team has been busy performing a special study related to our launch mass and propellant load. The objective of this study is to look at ways to increase the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft...

  • PI BLOG: Planet Formation and the Origin of Life

    PI BLOG:  Planet Formation and the Origin of Life
    January 29, 2015 -
    On Monday, February 2, 2015, I will present the UA College of Science Lecture on “Planet Formation and the Origin of Life”. This is a research theme that I have pursued for most of my career. It is generally accepted that planets or...

  • Bennu’s Journey Premiere

    Bennu’s Journey Premiere
    November 17, 2014 -
    Bennu's Journey provides a comprehensive look at the known history of asteroid Bennu and the questions the OSIRIS-REx mission intends to answer. The video is a signature animation by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Conceptual Image Lab....

  • Bennu’s Journey Trailer

    Bennu’s Journey Trailer
    October 28, 2014 -

    In November 2014, the OSIRIS-REx project will release a signature Goddard animation - Bennu's Journey. In advance, check out the trailer. Check in here frequently for new content, and after November 18, links to download the movie.



  • Asteroid Time Capsule

    Asteroid Time Capsule
    September 5, 2014 -

    The OSIRIS-REx team invites the public to send messages in a time capsule aboard their spacecraft launching in 2016. The mission will collect short statements and images about Solar System exploration – today and predictions for the next decade – to seal in a time capsule. After the spacecraft travels to Bennu and back, mission managers will open the time capsule in 2023 to check on the predictions.



  • Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

    July 17, 2014 -
    Today, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced a significant contribution to NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. Canada’s contribution to the mission...

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