Sample Collector Head Safe and Secure

Captured on Oct. 28, this image sequence shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performing the “backout check.” This maneuver commanded the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) arm to back out of the capsule, and is designed to tug on the collector head. The backout check confirmed that the latches which keep the collector head in place are well secured.

The image sequence was captured by the StowCam camera. StowCam, a color imager, is one of three cameras comprising TAGCAMS (the Touch-and-Go Camera System), which is part of OSIRIS-REx’s guidance, navigation, and control system. TAGCAMS was designed, built and tested by Malin Space Science Systems; Lockheed Martin integrated TAGCAMS to the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and operates TAGCAMS.

Date Taken: October 28, 2020

Instrument Used: TAGCAMS (StowCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin


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