Press Kit

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is the first U.S. mission to retrieve a pristine sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for further study. The mission’s target is Bennu, a carbon-rich near-Earth asteroid that is also potentially hazardous to Earth.

The mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2020. OSIRIS-REx was launched on September 8, 2016 and arrived at Bennu on December 3, 2018. The sample will return to Earth on September 24, 2023.

The links below provide downloadable graphics, animations and background information for use by the media. Specific credit information is included within each link.

 

GALLERIES & TIMELINES

OSIRIS-REx Animations Gallery
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Imagery Gallery
OSIRIS-REx Photograph Gallery
OSIRIS-REx Graphics Gallery
OSIRIS-REx Mission YouTube Gallery
Mission Flight Timeline
Asteroid Operations Timeline

 

TOUCH-AND-GO (TAG) SAMPLE COLLECTION EVENT

TAG Operations Timeline
TAG Operations Explainer
T-30: “Countdown to TAG” Media Briefing Slides
Sample Acquisition, Verification and Stowage Animations
Sample Earth Return Animations
Natural Feature Tracking Navigation Animations
Natural Feature Tracking Navigation Feature

 

SAMPLE SITE NIGHTINGALE

Site Nightingale Mosaic
Site Nightingale Mosaic with Spacecraft Overlay Graphic
Nightingale Flyover Visualization
Additional Sample Site Visualizations
To Scale “Parking Lot” Animation
Exploring Site Nightingale
Selecting Site Nightingale Feature

 

BENNU

Rotating Bennu Visualization
Rotating Bennu Mosaic
Bennu Size Comparison Animation
Bennu Facts
Bennu Science Publications

 

SPACECRAFT

Spacecraft Fact Sheet
Spacecraft Assembly, Testing, Launch Photographs

 

MEDIA CONTACT
Erin Morton
OSIRIS-REx Communications
520-269-2493
morton@orex.lpl.arizona.edu

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