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.
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.