Planets and Moons  ID: 13754

OSIRIS-REx Stow Success Media Telecon

NASA hosted a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 29, to provide an update on the status of the agency’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft and the mission’s work to safely stow the sample it collected from asteroid Bennu.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made a dramatic six-second touch of Bennu on Oct. 20, and video released the next day indicated a significant number of particles were agitated on Bennu’s surface and collected in the spacecraft’s Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism collector head. Over the following days, the team worked ahead of schedule to stow the primordial cargo for return to Earth in September 2023.

During the teleconference, OSIRIS-REx team members discussed how the stowage process had gone, what else they had learned about the sample, and what the next steps are for the mission to return the sample to Earth.



Lead Producer:
James Tralie (ADNET)

Lori S. Glaze (NASA/HQ Planetary Science)
Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona)
Rich Burns (NASA/GSFC)
Sandra Freund (Lockheed Martin)

Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Erin Morton (The University of Arizona)
Heather Roper (The University of Arizona)
Brittany Enos (The University of Arizona)

Technical Support:
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET)

Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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