Planets and Moons  ID: 13730

NASA’s Asteroid Heist: The Challenges of TAG

NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, will make a daring attempt to “TAG” asteroid Bennu on Oct. 20 – touch its surface and collect a sample for return to Earth. Sample site Nightingale, the mission’s targeted touch down spot, is only a few parking spaces wide and surrounded by building-sized boulders that pose a hazard to OSIRIS-REx. The spacecraft will carefully navigate down to the sample site with its sampling arm extended and touch Bennu’s surface for several seconds. Upon contact, the collector head will fire a bottle of nitrogen gas to agitate loose material, which is then caught in the spacecraft’s collector head. After this brief touch, OSIRIS-REx will fire its thrusters to back away from Bennu, navigating to a safe distance from the asteroid. The spacecraft will depart Bennu in 2021 and deliver the sample to Earth on Sep. 24, 2023.
 

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Lead Producer:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Producer:
James Tralie (ADNET)

Editor:
James Tralie (ADNET)

Animators:
James Tralie (ADNET)
Krystofer Kim (USRA)
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Bailee DesRocher (USRA)
Jacquelyn DeMink (USRA)
Jonathan North (USRA)
Josh Masters (Freelance)

Lead Animator:
Walt Feimer (KBRwyle)

Videographers:
Rob Andreoli (AIMM)
John Caldwell (AIMM)

Set Construction:
Chris Meaney (KBRwyle)

Art Director:
Michael Lentz (USRA)

Lead Visualizer:
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Visualizer:
Ernie Wright (USRA)

Interviewees:
Nayi Castro (KBRwyle)
Michael Moreau (NASA/GSFC)
David A. Lorenz (SGT)

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Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET)

Support:
Erin Morton (The University of Arizona)
Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Michael Starobin (KBRwyle)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
OSIRIS-REX

Keywords:
SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> HDTV
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Bennu