TAG: OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Successfully Touches Down on Asteroid
A planetary remnant, asteroid Bennu, is about as tall as the
The Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) on
"Our nation has explored the solar system and landed on multiple bodies, but this is the first time we have attempted to collect a sample of an asteroid. Even though Bennu has posed many challenges, the team made it look easy today," said
Using multiple techniques, the team will now take a few days to determine how much material, if any at all, was collected. The mission's goal is to harvest at least 60 grams—about the size of a candy bar—of regolith and potentially collect up to 2 kilograms.
Mission operations of the spacecraft, including today's TAG collection event, were performed at
Today's TAG maneuver is the first time NASA has attempted to collect material from an asteroid. OSIRIS-REx is
If the proper amount of material was collected, the team will stow the TAGSAM head, with material inside, into a sample return capsule. The spacecraft will then depart Bennu in
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, Tucson, is the principal investigator, and the
For more information and images:
- Mission website: https://www.asteroidmission.org/
Lockheed MartinOSIRIS-REx web page: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/osirisrex
- Photos of OSIRIS-REx: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/albums/72157669719016414
- Video about OSIRIS-REx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd9cmMysX0A
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