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Asteroid Sample Return Mission

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:21 PM

NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission Moves into Development


www.nasa.gov said:

NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.

The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review Wednesday called Key Decision Point (KDP)-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft's continuation into the development phase.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:23 PM


OSIRIS-REx: Journey to an Asteroid

OSIRIS-REx will visit a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and return with samples that may hold clues to the origins of the solar system and perhaps life itself. It will also investigate the asteroid's chance of impacting Earth in 2182. This narrated video provides an overview of the OSIRIS-REx (short for Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -- Regolith Explorer) mission.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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