NASA | NASA selects OSIRIS-REx as New Frontiers Mission

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Astroid 1999
RQ36 may hold clues to how life began on our planet,
but it also may be headed straight for us in the year 2182.
To better understand both the potential scientific and literal impacts of this
1,900 foot diameter astroid, the OSIRIS-REx mission will
give us a closer look. OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Specteral Interpretaion,
Resource Identification, Security -REgolith and Explorer. Scheduled
for launch in 2016 the OSIRIS-REx mission will collect the first samples taken from
this special type of asteroid, holding clues to the origin of the solar system,
and likely organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth.
Researchers will examine the RQ36's orbit, explore its regolith,
and examine the composition and potential for resources, like water and metals.
OSIRIS-REx will collect samples that will be useful for decades of
future research.
Once the samples
return to Earth in 2023, scientists will be able to potentially reveal how life
started on the planet. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will manage the project
and provide the OVIRS visible and infrared spectrometer instrument.
Principle Investigator Dr. Michael Drake,
Director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona will lead
the team.