Planets and Moons  ID: 13738

OSIRIS-REx Science and Engineering Briefing

NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 20, to provide an update on the agency’s first attempt to contact the surface of asteroid Bennu and collect a sample.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the asteroid’s surface during its first sample collection attempt Oct. 20. Its sampling mechanism will touch Bennu’s surface for several seconds, fire a charge of pressurized nitrogen to disturb the surface, and collect a sample before the spacecraft backs away.

Participating in this mission update are:
• Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
• Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division
• Heather Enos, OSIRIS-REx deputy principal investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson
• Kenneth Getzandanner, OSIRIS-REx flight dynamics manager, Goddard
• Beth Buck, OSIRIS-REx mission operations program manager, Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado

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Public Affairs Officer:
Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)

Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Thomas H. Zurbuchen (NASA/HQ)
Lori S. Glaze (NASA/HQ Planetary Science)
Kenny Getzandanner (NASA/GSFC)
Heather Enos (University of Arizona)
Beth Buck (Lockheed Martin)

Lead Producer:
James Tralie (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Graphic Designers:
Heather Roper (The University of Arizona)
Joshua Handal (ASRC Federal System Solutions)

Walt Feimer (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
Michael Lentz (USRA)
Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (USRA)
Bailee DesRocher (USRA)
Jacquelyn DeMink (USRA)
Jonathan North (USRA)
Lisa Poje (Freelance)

Data Visualizer:
Kel Elkins (USRA)

Erin Morton (The University of Arizona)
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

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