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  • PI BLOG: Planet Formation and the Origin of Life

    PI BLOG:  Planet Formation and the Origin of Life
    January 29, 2015 -
    On Monday, February 2, 2015, I will present the UA College of Science Lecture on “Planet Formation and the Origin of Life”. This is a research theme that I have pursued for most of my career. It is generally accepted that planets or...

  • Bennu’s Journey Premiere

    Bennu’s Journey Premiere
    November 17, 2014 -
    Bennu's Journey provides a comprehensive look at the known history of asteroid Bennu and the questions the OSIRIS-REx mission intends to answer. The video is a signature animation by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Conceptual Image Lab....

  • Bennu’s Journey Trailer

    Bennu’s Journey Trailer
    October 28, 2014 -

    In November 2014, the OSIRIS-REx project will release a signature Goddard animation - Bennu's Journey. In advance, check out the trailer. Check in here frequently for new content, and after November 18, links to download the movie.



  • Asteroid Time Capsule

    Asteroid Time Capsule
    September 5, 2014 -

    The OSIRIS-REx team invites the public to send messages in a time capsule aboard their spacecraft launching in 2016. The mission will collect short statements and images about Solar System exploration – today and predictions for the next decade – to seal in a time capsule. After the spacecraft travels to Bennu and back, mission managers will open the time capsule in 2023 to check on the predictions.



  • Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

    July 17, 2014 -
    Today, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced a significant contribution to NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. Canada’s contribution to the mission...

  • PI BLOG: OSIRIS-REx Canadian Team, LIDAR, Will Study Bennu Geology

    PI BLOG:  OSIRIS-REx Canadian Team, LIDAR, Will Study Bennu Geology
    July 15, 2014 -
    When Arizona planetary scientists were planning an asteroid sample-return mission, they looked to Canada for a special instrument and expertise for studying the geology of their target asteroid, 101955 Bennu. NASA selected OSIRIS-REx as...

  • Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft Set to Visit Asteroid in 2018

    Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft Set to Visit Asteroid in 2018
    April 10, 2014 -
    NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This...

  • Countdown Begins for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission

    December 10, 2013 -
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission began its countdown on December 9, at 7:43 PM EST, with 999 days remaining until the opening of the mission’s launch window in September 2016. “This is a pioneering effort, both...

  • New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids

    August 8, 2013 -
    Over the last hundred years, the human population has exploded from about 1.5 billion to more than seven billion, driving an ever-increasing demand for resources. To satisfy civilization's appetite, communities have expanded recycling...

  • NASA Selects Launch Services Contract for OSIRIS-REx Mission

    August 5, 2013 -
    NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo. to launch the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is scheduled to launch in...

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