Planets and Moons  ID: 4482

OSIRIS-REx orbits, maneuvers, and mapping

The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu (formerly 1999 RQ36), and bring at least a 2.1-ounce sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

OSIRIS-REx launched on Sept. 8, 2016, at 7:05 p.m. EDT. As planned, the spacecraft will reach its target asteroid in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023. These animations depict the journey of OSIRIS-REx to Bennu and back, including the complex maneuvers that the spacecraft will perform in the asteroid's low-gravity environment. The animations are presented in chronological order.

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Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Animator
Ernie Wright (USRA): Animator
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Lead Producer
Jason Dworkin (NASA/GSFC): Project Scientist
Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona): Principal Investigator
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SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Solar System >> Orbits
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Bennu
SVS >> Presentation
SVS >> Transfer Orbit
SVS >> Map
SVS >> Sample Return
SVS >> Animation
SVS >> Mapping
SVS >> Maneuver
SVS >> Trajectory