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The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Secu...

wikipedia - 12 Sep 2016
The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is a NASA asteroid study and sample return mission. The launch occurred on 8 September 2016. Its mission is to study asteroid 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid, and return a sample to Earth in 2023 for detailed analysis. The material returned is expected to enable scientists to learn more about the formation and evolution of the Solar System, its initial stages of planet formation, and t
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OSIRIS-REx looks home from far, far away

Syfy Wire - 19 Feb 2018
OSIRIS-REx is a spacecraft on its way to an asteroid. The rock in question, called Bennu, has an orbit that's not terribly different from Earth's; it's more elliptical, and gets a bit closer to the Sun than we do and nearly as far out as Mars. OSIRIS ...
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OSIRIS-REx Sends Home an Image of the Earth and Moon

Universe Today - 21 Feb 2018
On September 8th. 2016, NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) launched from Earth to rendezvous with the asteroid 101955 Bennu. This mission will be the first American robotic ...
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Asteroid Bennu: Target of Sample Return Mission - 13 Mar 2018
Bennu is the target of the OSIRIS-ReX (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) mission. OSIRIS-ReX will arrive at Bennu in 2019 and among other activities, scoop up a sample that will be returned to Earth ...
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UA Senior Named 2018 Churchill Scholar

UANews (press release) - 20 Feb 2018
"Now it's easy, because he doesn't know physics," she says with a laugh. She is grateful for her parents' support, which has positioned her to study abroad in a way that few ever have the opportunity to do. One of Habib's most rewarding moments as an ...
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Lunar Origin Story Could Support Wet-Moon Findings - 12 Mar 2018
If Earth retained water after its fiery birth, could the moon have done so, too? Evidence suggests water may exist below the moon's surface. And to figure out if current ideas about the lunar formation process support the possibility of a watery moon ...
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Exoplanet-hunting satellite arrives in Florida for April launch

Astronomy Now Online - 18 Feb 2018
The spacecraft arrived at the Florida launch base Monday after a truck shipment from its Orbital ATK factory in Dulles, Virginia. Engineers and technicians will prep TESS for launch inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy, the same ...
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Ten times the solar system reminded us sample collection is hard

The Planetary Society (blog) - 19 Feb 2018
Some of the biggest discoveries we make in planetary science rely on the seemingly simple act of picking up and analyzing pieces of other worlds. Mars rovers like Curiosity are small-scale rolling laboratories that do their work on site, while missions ...
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Mining for asteroids will be the next gold rush

Fox News - 26 Feb 2018
NASA also jumped on the bandwagon by launching a $1 billion probe called OSIRIS-REx in 2016 to explore the 1,600-foot wide Bennu asteroid that will pass Earth in 2132. The probe will land, retrieve some rocks and return to Earth to help us figure out ...

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