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Posted: July 29th, 2016, 3:50 pm
This mission is slated to leave Earth on Thursday 8 September at 6:05pm CDT. The plan is for this craft to reach asteroid Bennu in 2018 and return to Earth in 2023 a sample weighing at least fifty-nine grams.
Posted: August 19th, 2016, 3:17 pm
On Friday 26 August the Highland Road Park Observatory will present the lecture "OSIRIS-REx...to an Asteroid". It starts at 7:30pm, is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee. After the talk and questions, there will be sky viewing (weather permitting) until 10pm.
Friday Night Lecture Series:
Posted: August 20th, 2016, 6:52 pm
The pre-launch news briefing for OSIRIS-REx will be rebroadcast on NASA-TV. The rebroadcasts will be at 7pm CDT today and 9am CDT and 5pm CDT tomorrow.
In May the spacecraft arrived at Kennedy Space Center. OSIRIS-REx stands for "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer".
https://blogs.nasa.gov/osiris-rex/2016/ ... d-mission/
Posted: September 8th, 2016, 1:18 pm
So far, it's a "go"! The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts an eighty-percent chance of favorable conditions for OSIRIS-REx bidding goodbye to planet Earth. Please join us at the Highland Road Park Observatory if you can to watch the live broadcast.
https://blogs.nasa.gov/osiris-rex/2016/ ... siris-rex/
Posted: September 8th, 2016, 4:36 pm
The live broadcast has begun!
View it at...
Here are some important countdown points...
*T-60 minutes and counting: start Centaur engine chilldown
*T-55 minutes and counting: start flight control final preparations to raise hydraulic pressures
*T-45 minutes and counting: pressurize Main Engine Pneumatic System to flight pressure
*T-16 minutes and counting: initiate fuel fill sequence
*T-10 minutes and counting: weather briefing with Atlas Launch Weather Officer
Posted: September 14th, 2016, 10:46 am
OSIRIS-REx made it out of our atmosphere nice and easy. The spacecraft stayed mated to the second stage of the Atlas V 411 for a full fifty-five minutes after launch.
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/evening-lau ... -encounter
Posted: September 21st, 2017, 5:20 pm
Tomorrow at 5:30am CDT NASA-TV3 will broadcast live interviews with the media regarding the close pass of OSIRIS-REx. OSIRIS-REx will pass by Earth tomorrow during a gravity assist; closest approach is 11:52am CDT. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to ascertain whether they can view and/or image OSIRIS-REx with their equipment.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... ring-flyby
Posted: November 27th, 2018, 2:51 pm
OSIRIS-REx arrives at its target (the asteroid Bennu) Monday morning! "Journey to Asteroid Bennu" will play on both NASA-TVs at 10:15am CST that morning; one-half hour later the live coverage begins on the Media Channel. HRPO will be open from 10:15am to 1:45pm on Monday 3 December. Personnel will have drinks and refreshments, and solar viewing from 11am to 1pm (weather permitting). All HRPO merchandise during this 210-minute period will be ten percent off--a good deal for those looking for presents!
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astrono ... oid-bennu/