June 10, 2016 / Modified sep 13, 2016 10:31 a.m.

Episode 31: Final Preparations are Underway for the September 2016 Launch of OSIRIS-REx

Originally Aired June 10, 2016

OSIRIS-REx is a University of Arizona-led mission that will visit the asteroid named Bennu, obtain a sample from its surface and return it to earth. Launch of this first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to earth is set for a September 2016 launch. Ed Beshore, deputy principal investigator at the University of Arizona says there is still a lot of work and coordination to complete before liftoff but that all systems are looking good. The mission promises to help scientists address some basic questions about the composition of the very early solar system. Ed Beshore, Deputy Principal Investigator for the University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission.


Ed Beshore, Deputy Principal Investigator for the University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission
Tim Swindle, Director and Department Head of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

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