Planets and Moons  ID: 13489

OSIRIS-REx: X Marks the Spot - 2019 AGU Press Conference

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission announced its primary and backup sample collection sites on asteroid Bennu, at a press conference hosted during AGU’s Fall Meeting at 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, Dec. 12.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft launched on Sept. 8, 2016, and arrived at asteroid Bennu on Dec. 3, 2018. In mid-2020, it will briefly touch down on Bennu’s surface and collect a sample for return to Earth in late 2023.

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:

Lori Glaze, director of planetary science for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters
Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson
Dani DellaGiustina, OSIRIS-REx image processing lead scientist at the University of Arizona, Tucson
Mike Moreau, OSIRIS-REx deputy project manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Heather Roper (The University of Arizona): Lead Graphics
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Lead Producer
Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Data Visualizer
Walt Feimer (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Lead Animator
Michael Lentz (USRA): Animator
Erin Morton (The University of Arizona): Communications Lead
Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC): Communications Lead
Lori S. Glaze (NASA/HQ Planetary Science): Presenter
Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona): Presenter
Daniella DellaGiustina (The University of Arizona/LPL): Presenter
Michael Moreau (NASA/GSFC): Presenter
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center