After Hours Programs

Hayden Special Event:Sampling An Asteroid: NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission

Monday, September 12, 2016

osiris-rex

This September NASA plans to launch OSIRIS-REx, the U.S. mission to retrieve a pristine sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for further study. The mission’s target is Bennu, a carbon-rich near-Earth asteroid that is also potentially hazardous to Earth. Join Carter Emmart for an new immersive visualization that highlights how the spacecraft's mapping of asteroid Bennu will inform scientists who are choosing a location for sampling surface material off the asteroid in late 2019.  The samples could shed light on how our solar system formed and how life on Earth began.