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Transcript of Osiris Rex
Security –Regolith Explorer The objective of the OSIRIS-REX is to retrieve asteroid samples for study. Mission Objective The target asteroid -- named 1999 RQ36 after the year it was discovered -- measure about one-third of a mile in diameter. 1999 RQ36 is a basically a time capsule from the early creation of the solar system rich with organic compounds that may of had a part in the beginning of life on Earth.The mission will provide information of 1999 RQ36 operations and samples to be returned to Earth. It will not only be studying the asteroid. This asteroid has a 1 in 1800 chance of colliding with Earth in 2182. This mission will help us to deflect any asteroid that might collide with Earth. What is hoped to be learned? The mission is being led by Doug Crowley who is lead engineer from the University of Arizona in Tucson. It has a budget of $800 million, excluding the launch vehicle. It its based off a partnership with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and development partnership with Lockheed Martin. It will be launched in 2016. Samples will return to Earth in the year 2023. One of the main barriers was that they had to design brand new 3-D cameras to be able to see the surface of the asteroid, so the spacecraft could grab onto it. How will the mission be implemented? This asteroid has a 1 in 1800 chance of hitting the Earth in the year 2182.
It is using new technology to actually retrieve a sample and send it back to Earth
The data recorded from this rare type of asteroid could lead to more information about the formation of our solar system. Interesting Facts "The OSIRIS-REx Mission." The OSIRIS-REx Mission. University of Arizona, 4 Oct. 2012. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu/>.
Jones, Nancy N. "NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration." NASA. N.p., 25 May 2011. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2011/11-037.html>.