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OSIRIS-REx Team: Two Ounces is Bennu-ful

7 Sep 2016, 23:35 UTC
OSIRIS-REx Team: Two Ounces is Bennu-ful
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: The mission plan for OSIRIS-REx is to visit the asteroid Bennu and bring back anywhere from 2 ounces to 4.4 pounds of material. Since Bennu is carbon-rich, the scientists might discover the building blocks of life, the same building blocks that might have crashed into Earth and began the origin of life on Earth. But with such a wide span – two ounces to 4.4 pounds, I spoke to the OSIRIS-REx team about their secret goals and desires.

Everyone wants to talk to OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Danta Lauretta. Photo: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
At an August 20, 2016 media event at Kennedy Space Center’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, I had a chance to talk with Dante Lauretta and Heather Enos about OSIRIS-REx. Dante Lauretta is a Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He is the principal investigator. Heather Enos is the Deputy Principal Investigator.
If your directive was to run to the store and bring back anywhere from 2 ounces to 4.4 pounds of sugar, you might wonder what type of pie your spouse is baking. But OSIRIS-REx’s directive is to travel 4.4 billion miles to ...

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