May 27, 2011

UA to Lead NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

NASA has selected the University of Arizona to lead a sample-return mission to an asteroid. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will orbit and explore asteroid 1999 RQ36 for more than a year before closing in and collecting a sample of pristine organic material that may have seeded Earth with the building blocks that led to life. credit: University of Arizona

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