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OSIRIS-REx Retrospective, 2019

OSIRIS-REx, the University of Arizona led mission to collect a sample of the Asteroid Bennu and return it to earth in 2023 has had a busy year already. The spacecraft went into orbit on New Year’s Eve 2018 and is currently just over a mile above the asteroid. The team of scientists and engineers is working towards finding the perfect place to collect two-ounces of surface material next year. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of the decade long mission.


Watch OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch Online

OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launchis a half-hour AZPM original documentary providing an in-depth look at the science and scientists behind the asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx. It reveals the personal and scientific challenges overcome by the scientists responsible for the Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Watch the full documentary online, commercial-free.

Producer/Director: Tom Kleespie

What is OSIRIS-REx?

The first US mission to fly to, study, and retrieve a pristine sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for further study.

The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is the lead organization in conceiving, designing and managing the operation of the mission. UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

When did it launch?

OSIRIS-REx successfully launched at 4:05 p.m. Arizona time on September 8, 2016. Watch video of the launch below:

What is OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch?

OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch reveals the personal and scientific challenges overcome by the scientists responsible for the Asteroid Sample Return Mission.

It premiered in the Fall of 2016 on PBS 6.

OSIRIS-REx Latest News

OSIRIS-REx Photographs Unique Particles Blasted From Bennu

OSIRIS-REx Photographs Unique Particles Blasted From Bennu

An unexpected discovery excites UA scientists leading the asteroid sampling mission.
The Journey of NASA'S OSIRIS-REx Mission

The Journey of NASA'S OSIRIS-REx Mission

A look back at the UA-led mission's origins and next steps in 2019.
Rocks On Bennu Create Bump for OSIRIS-REx Sample Search

Rocks On Bennu Create Bump for OSIRIS-REx Sample Search

The scientists have found more rocks than expected on the surface of the asteroid Bennu.
Upcoming Milestones for OSIRIS-REx Mission

Upcoming Milestones for OSIRIS-REx Mission

A discussion with the mission's image processing lead scientist.

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