OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu -- 2018 AGU Press Conference

  • Released Monday, December 10th, 2018
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:46PM
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission presented the science results gained during the spacecraft’s approach toward the asteroid Bennu at a press conference hosted during AGU’s Fall Meeting at 2 p.m. ET, Monday, Dec. 10.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, which launched on Sept. 8, 2016, started asteroid science operations on Aug. 17, 2018, while still 1.4 million miles from the asteroid Bennu. Between that time and the spacecraft’s arrival at Bennu on Dec. 3, the mission made a number of discoveries about the asteroid.

The mission represents a valuable opportunity to learn more about the origins of our solar system, the sources of water and organic molecules on Earth, and the hazards and resources in near-Earth space.

The briefing participants are:

Jeffrey Grossman, OSIRIS-REx program scientist at NASA Headquarters
Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson
Amy Simon, OVIRS deputy instrument scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Michael Nolan, OSIRIS-REx science team chief at the University of Arizona, Tucson

For more information, go to nasa.gov/osiris-rex or asteroidmission.org.

The following video presents the press conference that corresponds with the slides that appear below. This event took place live at 2pm EST on December 10, 2018 at the American Geophysical Union conference in Washington DC. Watch this video on YouTube.

TAGSAM Banner ImageCredit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona This image shows an artist’s rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collecting a sample of material from Bennu’s surface in 2023.

TAGSAM Banner Image

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This image shows an artist’s rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collecting a sample of material from Bennu’s surface in 2023.

1.  Grossman – New Frontiers
Credit: NASA-HQ
  1. Grossman – New Frontiers

Credit: NASA-HQ

2. Grossman – Planetary Fleet
Credit: NASA
  1. Grossman – Planetary Fleet

Credit: NASA

3. Grossman – Planetary Fleet/Small Bodies Missions
Credit: NASA
  1. Grossman – Planetary Fleet/Small Bodies Missions

Credit: NASA

4. Grossman – Small Bodies Fleet
Credit: NASA
  1. Grossman – Small Bodies Fleet

Credit: NASA

5. Grossman – NASA Small-Body Missions
Credit: NASA/University of Arizona
  1. Grossman – NASA Small-Body Missions

Credit: NASA/University of Arizona

1. Lauretta – Twelve-Image PolyCam Mosaic of Bennu
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Bennu spans approximately 1,500 pixels in the camera’s field of view.
  1. Lauretta – Twelve-Image PolyCam Mosaic of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Bennu spans approximately 1,500 pixels in the camera’s field of view.

2. Lauretta – Mission Success Criteria
Credit: University of Arizona
  1. Lauretta – Mission Success Criteria

Credit: University of Arizona

3. Lauretta - OSIRIS-REx Instruments
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
  1. Lauretta - OSIRIS-REx Instruments

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

1. Simon – OVIRS and OTES Overview
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Arizona State University
  1. Simon – OVIRS and OTES Overview

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Arizona State University

2. Simon – First OVIRS Spectrum of Bennu
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
  1. Simon – First OVIRS Spectrum of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

3. Simon – Hydrated Mineral Feature on Bennu Near 2.7 Microns
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/NASA Johnson Space Center/K.H. Joy
  1. Simon – Hydrated Mineral Feature on Bennu Near 2.7 Microns

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/NASA Johnson Space Center/K.H. Joy

4. Simon – OTES Spectrum of Bennu Compared to Meteorite Spectra
Credit:  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/NASA Johnson Space Center/K.H. Joy
  1. Simon – OTES Spectrum of Bennu Compared to Meteorite Spectra

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/NASA Johnson Space Center/K.H. Joy

5. Simon – Clay Mineral Formation and Hydration Process
Credit:  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
  1. Simon – Clay Mineral Formation and Hydration Process

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

1. Nolan – Arecibo Radar
Credit: Arecibo Observatory
  1. Nolan – Arecibo Radar

Credit: Arecibo Observatory

  1. Nolan – Comparing Arecibo Radar Data and Ground-Based Shape Model of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Arecibo Observatory

  1. Nolan – Comparing PolyCam Imagery and Ground-Based Shape Model of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

  1. Nolan – Comparing PolyCam Imagery and Updated Preliminary Shape Model of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

4. Lauretta – MapCam Red/Green/Blue (RGB) Composite Image of Bennu
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
  1. Lauretta – MapCam Red/Green/Blue (RGB) Composite Image of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

5. Lauretta – Bennu Thermal Emission Map
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
  1. Lauretta – Bennu Thermal Emission Map

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

6. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface 
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid.

7. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – Boulder Pile Detail
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid, and an area containing a boulder pile, approximately 52 feet (16 m) in width, is circled.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – Boulder Pile Detail

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid, and an area containing a boulder pile, approximately 52 feet (16 m) in width, is circled.

8. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – Boulder Pile Detail Magnified
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a boulder pile approximately 52 feet (16 m) in width in detail.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – Boulder Pile Detail Magnified

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a boulder pile approximately 52 feet (16 m) in width in detail.

9. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 35-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid, and an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 115 feet (35 m) in width is circled.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 35-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid, and an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 115 feet (35 m) in width is circled.

10. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 35-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail Magnified
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 115 feet (35 m) in width in detail.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 35-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail Magnified

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 115 feet (35 m) in width in detail.

11. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 31-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid, and an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 102 feet (31 m) in width is circled.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 31-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid, and an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 102 feet (31 m) in width is circled.

12. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 31-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail Magnified
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 102 feet (31 m) in width in detail.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface – 31-Meter Fractured Boulder Detail Magnified

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a fractured boulder approximately 102 feet (31 m) in width in detail.

13. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface Containing 20-Meter Crater
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid containing a crater (20 m) in width.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface Containing 20-Meter Crater

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped to show one section of the asteroid containing a crater (20 m) in width.

14. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface Containing 20-Meter Crater Detail
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and a section of the asteroid containing a crater (20 m) in width is circled.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface Containing 20-Meter Crater Detail

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and a section of the asteroid containing a crater (20 m) in width is circled.

15. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface Containing 20-Meter Crater Detail Magnified
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a crater (20 m) in width.
  1. Lauretta – PolyCam Image of Bennu’s Surface Containing 20-Meter Crater Detail Magnified

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On Dec. 2, 2018, the PolyCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft imaged Bennu from a range of 15 miles (24 km). This image is cropped and magnified to show an area containing a crater (20 m) in width.

16. Lauretta – OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Operations Timeline
Credit: University of Arizona
  1. Lauretta – OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Operations Timeline

Credit: University of Arizona

17. Lauretta – TAGSAM Test Image
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This image shows an artist’s rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collecting a sample of material from Bennu’s surface in 2023. The inset photograph shows the OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) sampling head extended from the spacecraft at the end of the TAGSAM arm. The spacecraft’s SamCam camera captured the image on November 14, 2018 as part of a visual checkout of the TAGSAM system, which was developed by Lockheed Martin Space to acquire a sample of asteroid material in a low-gravity environment. The imaging was a rehearsal for a series of observations that will be taken at Bennu directly after sample collection.
  1. Lauretta – TAGSAM Test Image

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This image shows an artist’s rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collecting a sample of material from Bennu’s surface in 2023. The inset photograph shows the OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) sampling head extended from the spacecraft at the end of the TAGSAM arm. The spacecraft’s SamCam camera captured the image on November 14, 2018 as part of a visual checkout of the TAGSAM system, which was developed by Lockheed Martin Space to acquire a sample of asteroid material in a low-gravity environment. The imaging was a rehearsal for a series of observations that will be taken at Bennu directly after sample collection.

18. Lauretta – Mission Science Objectives
Credit: University of Arizona
  1. Lauretta – Mission Science Objectives

Credit: University of Arizona

19. Lauretta – Twelve-Image PolyCam Mosaic of Bennu
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Bennu spans approximately 1,500 pixels in the camera’s field of view.
  1. Lauretta – Twelve-Image PolyCam Mosaic of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Bennu spans approximately 1,500 pixels in the camera’s field of view.

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