Planets and Moons  ID: 13724

OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to TAG

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NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 24, to provide an update on the agency’s first attempt to contact the surface of asteroid Bennu and collect a sample next month.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the asteroid’s surface during its first sample collection attempt Oct. 20. Its sampling mechanism will touch Bennu’s surface for several seconds, fire a charge of pressurized nitrogen to disturb the surface, and collect a sample before the spacecraft backs away.

Participating in this mission update are:
• Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
• Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division
• Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson
• Mike Moreau, OSIRIS-REx deputy project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
• Sandra Freund, OSIRIS-REx mission operations manager at Lockheed Martin Space

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Public Affairs Officer:
Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)

Grey Hautaluoma (NASA/HQ)
Thomas H. Zurbuchen (NASA/HQ)
Lori S. Glaze (NASA/HQ Planetary Science)
Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona)
Michael Moreau (NASA/GSFC)
Sandra Freund (Lockheed Martin)

Lead Producer:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

James Tralie (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Graphic Designers:
Heather Roper (The University of Arizona)
Joshua Handal (ASRC Federal System Solutions)

Walt Feimer (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
Michael Lentz (USRA)
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Bailee DesRocher (USRA)
Jacquelyn DeMink (USRA)
Jonathan North (USRA)
Lisa Poje (Freelance)

Data Visualizer:
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Erin Morton (The University of Arizona)
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center