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2014-04-10 12:21:28

Lockheed Martin to Build Asteroid Sample Return Spacecraft DENVER, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's OSIRIS-REx program has successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of the mission and has been given approval to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is responsible for development of the spacecraft, which will be the first U.S. mission sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect and return samples. PHOTO/VIDEO:...

OSIRIS-REx
2014-04-11 03:30:50

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday after a successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The CDR was held...

2014-01-15 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency's Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend...

Public Invited By NASA To Send Names On An Asteroid Mission And Beyond
2014-01-15 14:41:32

NASA NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency's Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the 1,760-foot (500-meter)-wide asteroid. The spacecraft will collect a sample of Bennu's...

Bennu Asteroid Mission Countdown Begins
2013-12-10 15:52:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday, NASA announced that it had started the countdown for OSIRIS-REx, the space agency’s mission to collect a physical sample from a distant asteroid. “This is a pioneering effort, both technologically and scientifically,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-Rex principal investigator from the University of Arizona. “Starting the countdown clock carries a lot of symbolism for us. After December 9, we will have a constant...

NASA Asteroid Mining Mission
2013-08-09 12:28:02

[ Watch The Video: OSIRIS-REx Investigates Asteroid Bennu ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced yesterday that it will be launching a spacecraft in 2016 with the intent of laying the groundwork for future expeditions to mine asteroids. The space agency added that the mission – dubbed the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security and Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS- REx) – is scheduled to visit the asteroid Bennu and enable...

Dolores Hill Honored As White House Champion Of Change
2013-06-27 10:22:09

University of Arizona University of Arizona researcher Dolores Hill, co-lead of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! program, has been recognized as one of 12 White House Champions of Change recipients. Hill and her 11 counterparts were selected from a pool of about 1,000 nominations. The group was honored at a ceremony at the White House, which was attended by representatives of the Obama Administration and other honorees' families, friends and colleagues. "It is such an honor to be...

NASA Moving Forward With Plans To Sample Asteroids
2013-05-17 05:49:00

[WATCH VIDEO: OSIRIS-REx To Investigate Asteroid Bennu] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said it is moving forward with its plan to send a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring back a sample to Earth. The space agency's Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to sample asteroid Bennu is moving ahead in preparation for its launch in 2016. After launch, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the...

Asteroid Subject Of Future NASA Mission Gets New Name
2013-05-02 04:56:09

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, scheduled to be launched in 2016, will touch down on an asteroid in 2018. Then, after collecting samples from the surface, the probe will rocket back to Earth, returning its find to be studied by terrestrial scientists by 2023. But project leaders noticed that the asteroid in question, asteroid (101955)...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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