NASA gives OK for UA to begin OSIRIS-REx mission work - Tucson News Now

NASA gives OK for UA to begin OSIRIS-REx mission work

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OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in 2018. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in 2018.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

NASA is giving the green light for the University of Arizona to start work on the hardware that will bring a piece of an asteroid back to earth.

The space agency has cleared the UA-managed OSIRIS-REx project after a mission critical design review.

That means mission managers can begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments, ground system and launch support facilities.

OSIRIS-REx, which is an acronym for Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2016.

It is scheduled to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018 and spend a year studying the asteroid before collecting a sample of at least 2 ounces of surface material and returning it to Earth for scientists to study in 2023. 

The project is expected to pump about $200 million into the local economy.

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