Planets and Moons  Universe  ID: 13741


OSIRIS-REx, which is about the size of a 15-passenger van, is currently orbiting the asteroid Bennu 200 million miles from Earth. Bennu contains material from the early solar system and may contain the molecular precursors to life and Earth’s oceans. The asteroid is about as tall as the Empire State Building and could potentially threaten Earth late in the next century, with a 1‐in‐2,700 chance of impacting our planet during one of its close approaches. OSIRIS-REx is now ready to take a sample of this ancient relic of our solar system and bring its stories and secrets home to Earth.

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Michael Starobin (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)

Lead Producer:
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Graphics:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Lead Host:
Michelle Thaller (NASA/GSFC)

Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona)
Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC)
James Tralie (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Gary Napier (Lockheed Martin)

Video Engineers:
Pat Kennedy (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
Walter Lindblom (SAIC)

Technical Director:
John Caldwell (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.)

Audio Technician:
Alexander Velle (SAIC)

Ned Barbee (Lockheed Martin)
Chris Tucker (Lockheed Martin)

Broadcast Engineer:
Don Garcia (Garceworks)

James Tralie (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Swarupa Nune (InuTeq)

NASA Administrator:
James Bridenstine (NASA/HQ)

Thomas H. Zurbuchen (NASA/HQ)
Dante Lauretta (The University of Arizona)
Rich Burns (NASA/GSFC)
Sandra Freund (Lockheed Martin)

Erin Morton (The University of Arizona)
Rich Melnick (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)

Technical Support:
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

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