Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NASA Plans to Visit a Near-Earth Asteroid

Source - NASA Science News for August 16, 2011

NASA is planning a daring new mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid. The spacecraft, named OSIRIS-REx, will orbit 1999 RQ36 for a year before gathering samples for return to Earth.



Companion video for the article: NASA | NASA selects OSIRIS-REx as New Frontiers Mission

Source on May 25, 2011

"OSIRIS-Rex will visit asteroid 1999 RQ36 and return with samples that may hold clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. For the mission, NASA has selected the team led by Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Drake from the University of Arizona. NASA GSFC will manage the mission. Lockheed Martin will build the spacecraft."

This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov

Original YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6XbYLGWmOs

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