OSIRIS-REx Sample Recovery: Field Rehearsal Two
HELICOPTER OPERATIONS REHEARSAL – Wednesday, July 19
00:00 – Recovery Helicopter One touches down at staged landing area.
00:25 – Helicopter safety briefing with pilot and sample recovery team members.
01:43 – Helicopter One begins practice sorties with groups of team members.
03:30 – Practice towing the SRC on a line and returning it to the ground.
05:32 – Team members practice walking in wet and muddy conditions.
OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid. It will deliver a cupful of rocky material from near-Earth asteroid Bennu to Utah’s West Desert on September 24, 2023. Team members from the mission gathered at the Department of Defense Utah Test and Training Range on July 17-19 to rehearse the sample return event. They practiced bagging and moving an engineering model of the sample return capsule from a staged landing area to a clean tent where the sample will undergo initial processing in September. The event was the second of three increasingly realistic rehearsals prior to sample recovery.
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FIELD RECOVERY REHEARSAL – Tuesday, July 18
00:00 – Team A practices sample recovery procedures in the expected landing area.
06:32 – Team B practices sample recovery procedures in the expected landing area.
SAMPLE PROCESSING REHEARSAL – Tuesday, July 18
00:00 – The SRC is unwrapped before being wheeled into the clean tent building.
01:49 – Team members rehearse preparations for moving the SRC into the clean tent.
ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION – Monday, July 17
00:00 – Signage at Dugway Proving Ground and Michael Army Air Field (MAAF).
00:30 – Preview transport of the SRC to the clean tent prior to sample rehearsal.
03:07 – Location scout of the SRC’s expected landing area from Wildcat Mountain.
03:54 – Location scout of the SRC’s expected landing area from Wig Mountain.
Map of Utah's West Desert and the expected landing area for the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule. The capsule is expected to touch down in restricted airspace, on a vast salt flat stretching from Gold Hill in the west to Wig Mountain in the east.
Credit: NASA/USGS/Landsat 8
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