Planets and Moons  ID: 12443

OSIRIS-REx Technology: OCAMS

NASA is sending the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to explore near-Earth asteroid Bennu, a carbon-rich body that may contain clues to the origins of life. When OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu in 2018, it will spend over a year orbiting the asteroid and studying it with a set of remote sensing instruments. The OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite, or OCAMS, will provide high-resolution images of Bennu, allowing OSIRIS-REx to map the asteroid, determine its mineralogy, and even take close-up pictures of the surface at less than a centimeter per pixel. After OCAMS and its fellow instruments have thoroughly surveyed Bennu, OSIRIS-REx will carry out its most important task: collecting a sample of the asteroid for return to Earth in 2023.

Learn more about OCAMS.
Visit the OSIRIS-REx mission website.

 

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Credits

Producer:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Writers:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)
Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Videographer:
Symeon Platts (University of Arizona)

Lead Animator:
Walt Feimer (HTSI)

Animators:
Michael Lentz (USRA)
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Lisa Poje (USRA)

Data Visualizer:
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Scientists:
Dante Lauretta (University of Arizona)
Bashar Rizk (University of Arizona)
Jason Dworkin (NASA/GSFC)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
OSIRIS-REX

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Keywords:
SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Instrument
DLESE >> Technology
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> OSIRIS-REx
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Bennu
SVS >> Orbit Coverage
SVS >> Sample Return