OSIRIS-REx Sample Return: Animations

  • Released Wednesday, August 30, 2023
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Ride along with OSIRIS-REx on the thrilling finale of its journey to Bennu and back.

Universal Production Music: “Rise to the Challenge” by Daniel Marantz and Michael James Burns, Raydia Music library [PRS]; “Fragments of Time” by Timothy Robert Shortell, Scores of Hypersonic Music [BMI]

Watch this video on the NASA.gov Video YouTube channel.

OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission. It launched in September 2016 on a journey to explore a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu. In October 2020, the spacecraft ventured to the asteroid’s surface and collected about 250 grams of material for delivery to Earth. The mission’s thrilling finale will take place on September 24, 2023, as OSIRIS-REx releases a capsule containing the Bennu samples for touchdown in the Utah desert.

This page contains the movies and frames for twenty of the shots that comprise “To Bennu and Back: Journey’s End,” a produced video for the OSIRIS-REx mission. Watch the produced video on YouTube.

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This page was originally published on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 2:48 PM EDT.


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