Planets and Moons  ID: 13738

OSIRIS-REx Science and Engineering Briefing

NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 20, to provide an update on the agency’s first attempt to contact the surface of asteroid Bennu and collect a sample.

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
• Heather Enos, OSIRIS-REx deputy principal investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson
• Kenneth Getzandanner, OSIRIS-REx flight dynamics manager, Goddard
• Beth Buck, OSIRIS-REx mission operations program manager, Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado

For more information, go to nasa.gov/osiris-rex or asteroidmission.org
 

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For More Information

https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex

https://www.asteroidmission.org/


Credits

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

Presenters:
Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Thomas H. Zurbuchen (NASA/HQ)
Lori S. Glaze (NASA/HQ Planetary Science)
Kenny Getzandanner (NASA/GSFC)
Heather Enos (University of Arizona)
Beth Buck (Lockheed Martin)

Lead Producer:
James Tralie (ADNET)

Producer:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

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

Animators:
Walt Feimer (KBRwyle)
Michael Lentz (USRA)
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Bailee DesRocher (USRA)
Jacquelyn DeMink (USRA)
Jonathan North (USRA)
Lisa Poje (Freelance)

Data Visualizer:
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Support:
Erin Morton (The University of Arizona)
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET)

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