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OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu -- 2018 AGU Press Conference

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission presented the science results gained during the spacecraft’s approach toward the asteroid Bennu at a press conference hosted during AGU’s Fall Meeting at 2 p.m. ET, Monday, Dec. 10.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, which launched on Sept. 8, 2016, started asteroid science operations on Aug. 17, 2018, while still 1.4 million miles from the asteroid Bennu. Between that time and the spacecraft’s arrival at Bennu on Dec. 3, the mission made a number of discoveries about the asteroid.

The mission represents a valuable opportunity to learn more about the origins of our solar system, the sources of water and organic molecules on Earth, and the hazards and resources in near-Earth space.

The briefing participants are:

Jeffrey Grossman, OSIRIS-REx program scientist at NASA Headquarters
Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson
Amy Simon, OVIRS deputy instrument scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Michael Nolan, OSIRIS-REx science team chief at the University of Arizona, Tucson

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Michael Starobin (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Lead Producer
Heather Roper (The University of Arizona): Graphic Designer
Jeffrey Grossman (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona): Lead Scientist
Amy A. Simon (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Michael Nolan (The University of Arizona): Scientist
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Support
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center