Planets and Moons  ID: 3458

Destination Asteroid

Not far from Earth, dark bodies of rock circle the sun in lonely orbits. These near Earth objects, or NEOs, are asteroids found outside the traditional belt between Mars and Jupiter. Protected from the gravitational tugs and tumbles that affect objects found closer to the gas giant, these asteroids may contain clues about the origins of the solar system. That's why experts from NASA and The University of Arizona want to send a research vehicle to collect a sample. That's OSIRIS. Once approved, the OSIRIS vehicle would leave Earth on a multi-year mission to map and collect samples from a particular NEO called RQ-36.
In DESTINATION: ASTEROID, we look behind the scenes as a team of government scientists demonstrates for a visiting group of reporters how the mission will work. This short film explores the basics of the mission, including scientific goals, technical design plans, and a timeline of planned events. Imagination and invention meet in this spirited paean to NASA's legacy for great feats of exploration and discovery. Join us as we set our navigation systems to DESTINATION: ASTEROID.

Visualization Credits

Chris Meaney (HTSI): Lead Animator
Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST): Animator
Chris Smith (UMBC): Animator
Steven Stuart (INFONETIC): Animator
Keith Monahan (Parsons Infrastructure and Tech. Group): Narrator
Dante Lauretta (University of Arizona): Scientist
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Writer
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Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tape:
G2007-029HD -- OSIRIS

SVS >> Asteroid
DLESE >> Space science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Geodetics/Gravity >> Gravitational Field
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DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Voice Over Talent
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons

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