OSIRIS-REx Faculty

Jessica Barnes

Assistant Professor

William Boynton


Pierre Haenecour

Assistant Professor

Ellen Howell

Senior Research Scientist

Dante Lauretta

Professor, Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx

Renu Malhotra

Regents' Professor, Louise Foucar Marshall Science Research Professor

Michael Nolan

Senior Research Scientist

Timothy Swindle

Director, Department Head

Tom Zega

Associate Professor

Other Researchers Working in OSIRIS-REx

Saverio Cambioni

PTYS Graduate Student

Matthew Chojnacki

Associate Staff Scientist

Daniella DellaGiustina

Image Processing Lead Scientist, OSIRIS-REx
Senior Staff Scientist

Carl Hergenrother

Associate Staff Scientist, OSIRIS-REx

Kana Ishimaru

PTYS Graduate Student

Bashar Rizk

Senior Staff Scientist, OSIRIS-REx/OCAMS

Andrew Ryan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Stephen Schwartz

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Alessondra "Sondy" Springmann

PTYS Graduate Student

Sarah Sutton

PTYS Graduate Student, Scientist, Photogrammetry & Image Processing

Support Staff Working in OSIRIS-REx

Edward Audi

Science Operations Engineer, OSIRIS-REx

Kris Becker

Senior Data Analyst, OSIRIS-REx

Tammy Becker

Analyst, OSIRIS-REx Science Operations Planning

Carina Bennett

Senior Image Processing Engineer, OSIRIS-REx

Howard Bloomenthal

System Administrator, OSIRIS-REx/SPOC

Denise Blum

Business Manager, OSIRIS-REx

Christian d'Aubigny

Deputy Scientist, OCAMS

Heather Enos

Deputy Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx

Charles Fellows

Project Manager, OSIRIS-REx/OCAMS

Tony Ferro

System Administrator, OSIRIS-REx/SPOC

Michael Fitzgibbon

Software Engineer, Lead Calibration & Validation, OSIRIS-REx

Ingrid Galinsky

Software Engineer, OSIRIS-REx/SPOC

Rose Garcia

Analyst, OSIRIS-REx Science Operations Planning

Dathon Golish

Imaging Scientist, OSIRIS-REx

Damian Hammond

Software Engineer Lead, OSIRIS-REx Telemetry Processing

Karl Harshman


Dolores Hill

Research Specialist, Senior

John Kidd

Senior Engineer, Science Operations Planning, OSIRIS-REx

Sara Knutson

Lead Engineer, Science Operations, OSIRIS-REx

Diane Lambert

Senior Engineer, Science Operations Planning, OSIRIS-REx

Michael Loveridge

Software Engineer, SPOC

Michael Lujan

Program Coordinator, OSIRIS-REx

Chet Maleszewski

Data Analyst, OSIRIS-REx

Eva McDonough

Administrator, Research Information Systems

Nathan Mogk

Systems Engineer, OSIRIS-REx

Vivian Morrison

Research Technician, OSIRIS-REx

Erin Morton

Communications Lead, OSIRIS-REx

Rosie Munoz

Executive Assistant, OSIRIS-REx

Joshua Nelson

Engineer, Science Operations, OSIRIS-REx

Anjani Polit

Senior Systems Engineer, OSIRIS-REx

Nancy Ramos

Program Coordinator, OSIRIS-REx

Heather Roper

Graphic Designer, Senior, OSIRIS-REx

Savannah Salazar

Administrative Assistant, OSIRIS-REx

Mathilde Westermann

Science Operations Planning Engineer, OSIRIS-REx

Catherine Wolner

Editor, OSIRIS-REx

Zoe Zeszut

Analyst, OSIRIS-REx Science Operations Planning

Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth carbonaceous asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 in 2016, study it in detail, and bring back a sample (at least 60 grams or 2.1 ounces) to Earth. This sample will help us investigate planet formation and the origin of life, and the data collected at the asteroid will also aid our understanding of asteroids that can impact Earth.

The OSIRIS-REx mission seeks answers to questions that are central to the human experience: Where did we come from? What is our destiny? OSIRIS-REx is going to Bennu, a carbon-rich asteroid that records the earliest history of our Solar System, and bringing a piece of it back to Earth. Bennu may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids. It has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century. OSIRIS-REx will determine Bennu’s physical and chemical properties. This will be critical for future scientists to know when developing an impact mitigation mission. Finally, asteroids like Bennu contain natural resources such as water, organics, and precious metals. Future space exploration and economic development will rely on asteroids for these precious materials. Asteroids may one day fuel the exploration of the Solar System by robotic and manned spacecraft.