OSIRIS-Rex Transitions From Assembly to Environmental Testing for 2016 Launch to Return Asteroid Samples

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver, Colo. Over the next several months engineers will put the spacecraft through a series of intense tests. The $800 million mission to retrieve samples from Astroid Bennu is scheduled to launch in September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

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OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Key Confirmation Review

Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Three weeks after its asteroid target received a new name, NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) has officially passed a key confirmation review and has been authorized to proceed into the spacecraft development phase. If all goes well, the seven-year, $800 […]