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OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch

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.


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.

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 stows its asteroid sample earlier than planned

OSIRIS-REx stows its asteroid sample earlier than planned

The decision was made when the team determined they had plenty of material, which was leaking from the collection head.
OSIRIS-REx’s asteroid tag historic moment for NASA

OSIRIS-REx’s asteroid tag historic moment for NASA

The mission's principal investigator discusses the next steps.
Preliminary data suggests OSIRIS-REx sample event a success

Preliminary data suggests OSIRIS-REx sample event a success

The first pictures back from the asteroid Bennu have been welcomed as good news by mission scientists.
OSIRIS-REx touches an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx touches an asteroid

The UA-led project is a first for NASA.

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