Get ready for some asteroid science. Now that OSIRIS-REx has arrived at Bennu, the mission team will be presenting the initial results of their scientific studies of the asteroid during the spacecraft’s Approach Phase. The highlights will be discussed at a press conference on Dec. 10 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in Washington, DC. For conference attendees, three special scientific sessions in collaboration with JAXA’s Hayabusa2 mission will explore the early results from both missions in more detail on Dec. 11 and 12 (schedule below).
Experts from the OSIRIS-REx mission team will also answer questions from the public via Twitter from 3 – 4 pm ET on Dec. 11. Use the hashtag #BennuChat on Twitter to submit your question.
Welcome to Bennu: First asteroid science data obtained by the OSIRIS-REx mission
Monday, 10 December
2:00 pm ET
Watch the live stream
Marriott Marquis Shaw/LeDroit Park Room (Level M3)
In August, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft caught its first view of the asteroid Bennu. Since then, the mission team has been learning new information about this small world almost daily. This briefing will cover the first Bennu science discovered by the mission, to include the updated shape model, resolved imaging, spectral and thermal properties, as well as how this new information compares to the Bennu data gathered from Earth.
Jeff Grossman, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Dante Lauretta, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Michael Nolan, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Amy Simon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
P21A: A First Look at 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu: Hayabusa 2 and OSIRIS-REx Arrive at Their Respective Target Asteroids, Part I
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
8:00 – 10:00 am ET
Walter E Washington Convention Center – 207A
P22A: A First Look at 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu: Hayabusa 2 and OSIRIS-REx Arrive at Their Respective Target Asteroids, Part II
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
10:20 – 12:20 am ET
Walter E. Washington Convention Center – 207A
On Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm ET (1:00 to 2:00 pm MT), experts from the OSIRIS-REx team will answer questions on Twitter about the mission and the discoveries we have made about Bennu so far. Use the hashtag #BennuChat on Twitter to submit your questions.
What: Experts from the OSIRIS-REx mission will answer questions about asteroid Bennu and what’s next for OSIRIS-REx
When: Tue. Dec. 11, 2018 3:00 -4:00 pm ET
Where: Use the hashtag #BennuChat on Twitter
Who: Mission experts including:
- Dante Lauretta – OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator and Professor, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab
- Jason Dworkin – OSIRIS-REx Project Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
- Vicky Hamilton – OSIRIS-REx Lead Spectral Scientist and OTES Deputy Instrument Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
- Carl Hergenrother – OSIRIS-REx Astronomy Lead, University of Arizona
- Keara Burke – OSIRIS-REx Image Processing Intern and Undergraduate Student, University of Arizona
P33C: A First Look at 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu: Hayabusa 2 and OSIRIS-REx Arrive at Their Respective Target Asteroids, Part III – Posters
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
1:40 – 6:00 pm ET
Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Hall A-C (Poster Hall)