The LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission collected a sample from asteroid Bennu on its first attempt. But before even touching the surface, scientists were learning about the material that makes up the asteroid.
LPL Newsletter for November 2020
Sunday, November 1, 2020
October 2020 began with the OSIRIS-REx team nervously awaiting the first attempt to sample the asteroid Bennu. When the fateful day came, on Oct. 20, everything seemed to go well. In the following days, it turned out that the only problem was that the Touch-and-Go (TAG) sampling technique worked too well, and so much material was collected that some of it was drifting away. That does, however, mean that the spacecraft will be able to return far more material to Earth than the minimum the team had hoped for. For your reading pleasure, we have several articles from the days before and after the sampling maneuver, and you can see how the story unfolded. You can also watch OSIRIS-REx tag Bennu and then watch as it stows the collected sample.
Of course, OSIRIS-REx is only one of many projects underway at LPL. Next month, we'll feature some of our other science and researchers—but for the moment, we recognize the awesome and history-making achievement of the OSIRIS-REx team.
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Ten years after NASA selected LPL to lead the OSIRIS-REx mission, the spacecraft successfully completed its most treacherous and rewarding task: sample collection.
The mission team spent two days working around the clock to carry out the stowage procedure.
Members of the LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission, along with UArizona leadership, gathered to watch NASA's live broadcast of the mission's much-anticipated Touch-and-Go, or TAG, sampling event.
NASA made history on Oct. 20 with its first-ever sample collection maneuver at an asteroid. LPL professor Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission, discusses the significance of the mission for science and society.
Impact craters left by space debris in the boulders on asteroid Bennu's rugged surface allowed researchers to reconstruct the history of the near-Earth object in unprecedented detail.