Planets and Moons  ID: 11910

Studying an Asteroid on Earth

Astrobiologists like Jason Dworkin are keenly interested in the origins of life on Earth, but the evidence that they seek was erased long ago by Earth’s geology and chemistry. Fortunately, asteroids like Bennu preserve the solar system’s earliest ingredients, including the carbon-based building blocks of life. That’s why NASA is sending a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx to explore asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth. The material collected by OSIRIS-REx will provide a wealth of data for future generations of astrobiologists, shedding light on one of Earth’s biggest mysteries.

Learn more about the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu.
 

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Credits

Dan Gallagher (USRA):
Producer
Editor

Jason Dworkin (NASA/GSFC):
Scientist
Interviewee

Chris Meaney (HTSI):
Animator

Michael Lentz (USRA):
Animator

Walt Feimer (HTSI):
Animator

Rob Andreoli (AIMM):
Videographer

Chris Smith (Self):
Videographer

John Caldwell (AIMM):
Production Assistant

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Mission:
OSIRIS-REX

This item is part of this series:
Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tape:
G2015-008 -- OSIRIS-REx Overview

Keywords:
SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Astrobiology
SVS >> Planetary Science
SVS >> OSIRIS-REx
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Bennu
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Rocks/minerals/crystals >> Meteorites

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0