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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...

Juno Has Exited Safe Mode
2013-10-24 09:14:44

NASA As of Oct. 17, Juno was approximately 4.4 million miles (7.1 million kilometers) from Earth. The one-way radio signal travel time between Earth and Juno is currently about 24 seconds. Juno is currently traveling at a velocity of about 23.6 miles (38 kilometers) per second relative to the sun. Velocity relative to Earth is about 6.5 miles (10.4 kilometers) per second. Juno has now traveled 1.01 billion miles (1.63 billion kilometers, or 10.9 AU) since launch. Juno’s Earth flyby...

2013-10-08 16:26:07

Bill Nye to Chronicle Mission on YouTube's THNKR NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, October 9(th), at 3:21pm EDT, NASA's Mission Juno spacecraft will slingshot around Earth on its journey to Jupiter, helping it gain speed and eventually become the fastest man-made object in history. World-renowned science educator Bill Nye will commemorate the event by hosting an eight-part YouTube series, "Why with Nye," which launches Tuesday, October 8(th) on THNKR. The series...

2013-05-16 12:21:26

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review Wednesday called Key Decision Point (KDP)-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized...

2013-05-01 12:21:16

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in 2016,...

2012-09-04 06:21:31

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called...

NASA Juno Spacecraft Successfully Completes First Thruster Burn For 2013 Earth Fly-By
2012-08-31 10:46:08

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Jupiter orbiter Juno successfully fired its engine Thursday as it prepares to make a crucial fly-by around Earth to give it the momentum it needs to shoot off toward the solar system´s largest planet. The firing of the main engine lasted just short of 30 minutes, and should give the spacecraft, which is currently about 300 million miles away, the push it needs to make the boomerang pass. The maneuver is the first...