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News Archive / Tagged: OSIRIS-REx

  • OSIRIS-REx – the human factor

    Jim SiegelSeptember 28th, 2016

    While the world is frequently amazed at the powerful and precise equipment required to explore the cosmos, the technology would be useless without one particular asset – people.

  • Hayden Planetarium OSIRIS-REx presentation showcases visualization software

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 13th, 2016

    The American Museum of Natural History's (AMNH) Hayden Planetarium held a special presentation on Monday, Sept. 12, featuring visualizations of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid return mission using its new open source software.

  • SFI Video: To Bennu and back again – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx begins 7-year journey

    Jason RhianSeptember 11th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA successfully carried out the fourth flight of the "411" configuration of their Atlas V booster on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The oddly-arranged rocket lifted off at the very opening of a nearly two-hour long launch window at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT) with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

  • Photo Gallery: Launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

    Mike DeepSeptember 11th, 2016

    SpaceFlight Insider launch images from the flight of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 on Sept. 8, 2016.

  • ULA Atlas V sends OSIRIS-REx on its way toward asteroid Bennu

    Bart LeahySeptember 8th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The team for NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission cheered as a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 powered the asteroid explorer spaceward. Liftoff occurred on time at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex (SLC) 41 to send OSIRIS-REx into a hyperbolic orbit to catch up with the asteroid Bennu.

  • SFI Live: Launch coverage of ULA Atlas V with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

    Jason RhianSeptember 8th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is poised to launch Atlas V 411 rocket with NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe from Cape Canaveral's SLC-41 in Florida at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT) on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. SFI Live brings you directly to Cape Canaveral with our exclusive live webcast. Our show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT (22:30 GMT) direct from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The age of automated sentinels begins

    Alexis CreedySeptember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With NASA less than a day away from seeing their OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begin its voyage to asteroid Bennu, a brief review of some of the U.S. space agency's many robotic accomplishments is in order.

  • OSIRIS-REx bound for 4.5 billion mile journey for some priceless pebbles

    Jim SiegelSeptember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Thursday, September 8, 2016, NASA’s latest foray into space, a mission named OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled to launch from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While the objective of the mission might appear tiny, what the "might" possibly be is profound.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission to launch Thursday

    Bart LeahySeptember 6th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is all set to launch NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe atop tan Atlas V 411 rocket. The spacecraft will be sent to asteroid Bennu and spend a couple years there before descending to the surface of the small body to collect up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of samples.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft primed and ready for voyage to Bennu

    Jason RhianAugust 21st, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe could rewrite what is known about planetary formation as well as how life might have gotten its start on Earth. NASA recently highlighted the spacecraft's mission during an event held at KSC's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

  • ‘All systems go’ for OSIRIS-REx launch in September

    Bart LeahyAugust 18th, 2016

    Program managers from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team provided a status update at a public briefing on the agency’s $800 million mission to launch a spacecraft to asteroid Bennu and return with samples in 2023. Dwayne Brown from NASA's Office of Communications summarized the status by saying, "All systems are go for a launch on Sept. 8 in Florida."

  • OSIRIS-REx to include planetary defense science, student experiment

    Bart LeahyJuly 29th, 2016

    When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launches on Sept. 8, it will include five instruments for examining the 1,640-foot (500-meter) diameter asteroid Bennu, including an X-ray spectrometer built by students at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Comm tests for OSIRIS-REx conclude

    Jason RhianJuly 7th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Engineers working on NASA's OSIRIS REx successfully completed tests of the vehicle's communications systems. OSIRIS-REx is currently scheduled to be launched in the fall of this year (2016) atop a ULA Atlas V rocket from the Cape SLC-41 in Florida.

  • OSIRIS-REx arrives at Cape Canaveral

    Larry KlaesMay 23rd, 2016

    The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) planetoid and surface sample return probe is one step closer to the celestial object known as 101955 Bennu with its delivery to Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, May 20.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx finished, moves to environment testing in lead up to 2016 launch

    Britt RawcliffeOctober 23rd, 2015

    NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has entered its environmental testing phase after assembly was completed. The spacecraft, currently being tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colorado, is scheduled to start its journey to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu late next year.