NSN Webinar: The OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

NSN Webinar: The OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

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  • Teen, Adult
NSN members joined us at 6:00pm PDT on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  and heard  Ed Beshore share the inside scoop on the OSIRIS-REx mission and asked him questions about the mission. Links to OSIRIS-REx resources and the webinar recording can be found on this page.

On September 8, 2016, an Atlas 5 rocket will depart Cape Canaveral bearing the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. In doing so, a new chapter in the exploration of the solar system will begin. After arriving at asteroid Bennu two years later, OSIRIS-REx will undertake a program of observations to select a site suitable for retrieving a sample that will be returned to the Earth. Our objective is to obtain a minimum of 60 grams of Bennu’s surface -- the largest amount of extra-terrestrial material returned to the Earth since the end of the Apollo lunar missions.

During the webinar, Ed Beshore will describe the mission's objectives, its challenges, and the importance of returning a sample of one of the most primitive objects in the solar system.

About Ed Beshore

Beshore is the Deputy Principal Investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission at the University of Arizona. Before he joined the OSIRIS-REx mission, he was Principal Investigator of the Catalina Sky Survey, a leading discoverer of Near-Earth Objects. Beshore's professional interests are software systems for scientific analysis and instrument control. Outside of work, Ed enjoys hiking, geology, and being amateur astronomer. Someday he hope to find time to dust the cobwebs off of his 14-inch Celestron and resume photometry of cataclysmic variable stars.


You can check out a video detailing the design of OSIRIS-REx here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTT_C-6L5c
 

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Webinar Video: OSIRIS REx

Recording of the webinar held with Ed Beshore of OSIRIS-REx, including the member Q&A session.

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