Planets and Moons  ID: 12360

To Bennu and Back

NASA's latest New Frontiers mission, OSIRIS-REx, will venture to a near-Earth asteroid to discover clues about the unique resources asteroids hold, processes that affect asteroids' orbital paths and their potential for impacting Earth, and the origins of life in the solar system. In addition, OSIRIS-REx will collect a sample from the surface of the asteroid and return it to Earth for generations of scientists to study and analyze, making this the first American asteroid sample return mission and the largest sample returned from an extraterrestrial body since Apollo.

OSIRIS-REx's launch window opens September 8, 2016.

This is the journey #ToBennuAndBack.

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Lead Producer:
Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Walt Feimer (HTSI)
Michael Lentz (USRA)
Lisa Poje (USRA)
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Artistic Director:
Michael Lentz (USRA)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. Dante Lauretta is the mission's principal investigator at the University of Arizona. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver built the spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages New Frontiers for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.