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OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch

An AZPM original documentary providing an in-depth look at the science and scientists behind the asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx.
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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

Upcoming Milestones for OSIRIS-REx Mission

Upcoming Milestones for OSIRIS-REx Mission

A discussion with the mission's image processing lead scientist.
Asteroid Receives Holiday Visitor: OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu

Asteroid Receives Holiday Visitor: OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu

About the size of an SUV, the spacecraft will shadow the asteroid for a year, before scooping up some gravel for return to Earth in 2023.
OSIRIS-REx is Arriving at Asteroid Bennu Monday

OSIRIS-REx is Arriving at Asteroid Bennu Monday

The UA-led mission will begin orbital operations after the spacecraft's initial journey of more than two years.
Earth's Gravity to Slingshot Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Target Friday

Earth's Gravity to Slingshot Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Target Friday

Maneuver uses Earth's gravity rather than fuel to put OSIRIS-REx on course.

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