The OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission

Edward Beshore, Dante Lauretta, William Boynton, Christopher Shinohara, Brian Sutter, David Everett, Jonathan Gal-Edd, Ronald Mink, Michael Moreau, Jason Dworkin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

22 Scopus citations


In September of 2016, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith EXplorer) spacecraft will depart for asteroid (101955) Bennu, and when it does, humanity will turn an important corner in the exploration of the Solar System. After arriving at the asteroid in the Fall of 2018, it will undertake a program of observations designed to select a site suitable for retrieving a sample that will be returned to the Earth in 2023. The third mission in NASA's New Frontiers program, OSIRIS-REx will obtain a minimum of 60 g of a primitive asteroid's surface, the largest sample of extra-terrestrial material returned to the Earth since the end of the Apollo lunar missions (Figure 1). OSIRIS-REx will also return a separate sample of the fine-grained surface material that is <1 mm in diameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2015
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781479953790
StatePublished - Jun 5 2015
Event2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2015 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2015Mar 14 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Other2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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