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OSIRIS-REx: Sample Return from a Primitive Near-Earth Asteroid

Posted on December 7, 2015 - 10:07 AM CST

1/28/2016 (Thu) - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM CST

Tags: General Public | Outreach | Planetary Science

Event information

Dr. Scott Messenger with NASA Johnson Space Center will discuss NASA’s New Frontiers OSIRIS-REx mission which will launch in 2016 and begin its journey to asteroid Bennu. After a period of intensive remote observations, a surface sample will be obtained and returned to Earth in 2023.  The sample analyses will be focused on understanding the origin and history of primitive asteroidal material, beginning with the condensation of dust in evolved stars and supernovae to chemical processes in the interstellar medium, the formation and evolution of the solar nebula, planetary processes, and dynamical evolution of the asteroid to its present state. Dr. Messenger's presentation is the third in the Lunar and Planetary Institute's 2015-2016 public lecture series Solar System Exploration Today and Tomorrow.

The presentation begins at 7:30pm Central Time and will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX  77058.