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NASA to Stow OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Samples Ahead of Schedule

OSIRIS-REx Stowing

NASA is preparing to transport and stow a large collection of surface samples from the Bennu asteroid to a sample return capsule. The space agency said that it wants to move the samples ahead of schedule to avoid further spilling out from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx team will transmit preliminary commands to the spacecraft. 

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NASA Meets Sample Requirement for Asteroid Study Mission; Thomas Zurbuchen Quoted

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NASA has gathered more than the required amount of rock samples for a mission to study the Bennu asteroid. The space agency said Saturday it collected over 60 grams of Bennu's surface material under the OSIRIS-REx mission. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) collected samples for the mission. 

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NASA Chooses Sample Collection Site for Asteroid Mission

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A NASA-led team has identified a sample collection site on Asteroid Bennu for a certain investigative mission, following a year of assessments. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer or OSIRIS-Rex team selected the "Nightingale" site due to the abundance of fine-grained material and low amount of hazards, NASA said Friday.

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NASA Identifies Potential Sites for Asteroid Bennu Material Sampling Mission

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NASA has chosen four candidate areas on asteroid Bennu that may serve as sample collection sites for the Lockheed Martin-built Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft. The selected sites measure 16 to 33 feet in radius and contain "ponds" of fine grain material that may work as samples for high-resolution observation procedures, the agency said Tuesday

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NASA to Commence Bennu Asteroid Study Mission With Lockheed Spacecraft; Kevin Walsh Comments

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NASA will launch a space mission that will travel to the asteroid called Bennu on September 8 to study and return samples from the rock formation. The space agency said Wednesday its Goddard Space Flight Center leads the OSIRIS-REx mission that will use Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer instruments to …

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MDA receives $6.6 add-on to NASA contract for OSIRIS-REx mission

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  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., recently announced it has been awarded an additional $6.6 million from the Canadian Space Agency for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, reaching a total contract value of $25 million. Through a six-month period MDA will build a laser-based tool to create a high-resolution 3D model of the …

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