NASAs OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx )

NASAs OSIRIS-REx

Bio NASAs first asteroid sampling spacecraft. Im on a 7-year mission to return a pristine sample from asteroid Bennu.
Location Asteroid Bennu
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Account created 14-06-2008 02:13:00
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Twitter Web App : Unique Toy Box Plans This is how the TAGSAM head collects a sample. The head is about 12 inches (32 cm) in diameter.

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Twitter Web App : The mission has canceled tomorrow’s Sample Mass Measurement to protect the sample and is now on course to stow the sample as soon as possible. The spacecraft remains in good health and the mission is confident that the spacecraft has collected more than 60 grams of material. pic.twitter.com/hABL4n3JYN

Twitter Web App : Yesterday, the OSIRIS-REx team received images of the spacecraft’s sample collector head brimming with regolith. So much sample was collected that some of it is actually slowly escaping the sampling head. More details: bit.ly/2Tkxknt pic.twitter.com/2wINd1Tk2g

Twitter Web App : LIVE: Tune in for a mission update from Thomas Zurbuchen of #NASAScience & NASAs OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta. On Oct. 20, our spacecraft journeyed #ToBennuAndBack to collect a sample. Learn what they've found and the mission's next steps: nasa.gov/live pic.twitter.com/JvGdyDlljs

Twitter Web App : Join me and NASAs OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta at 5 p.m. ET as we take media questions about the sample the mission collected from asteroid Bennu on Tuesday: nasa.gov/live

Twitter Web App : JakeSolomon Nice question! I'll stow the sample in the Sample Return Capsule for safe keeping on my journey home. The SRC has a heat shield to help it withstand reentry into Earth's atmosphere, this also helps to protect the sample.

Twitter Web App : LoganS31S Great question! We won't know how much material was collected for another couple of weeks once the team has a chance to process and analyze the data.

Twitter Web App : FotoLage Great question! I'm about the size of an SUV and Bennu is the size of a mountain. The force that I exerted on Bennu while touching it is so tiny that the effect on Bennu’s orbit won’t be detectable.

Twitter Web App : Mysoon Rizk Great question! When my team designed me, they considered the debris that'd be mobilized during touchdown and back-away... This is one reason why I put my solar panels in the Y-Wing configuration for TAG -- it minimizes any dust or debris that could settle on the surface.

Twitter Media Studio : Check out all the epic videos from yesterday’s journey #ToBennuAndBack here: go.nasa.gov/3m3dtWa

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Twitter Web App : Have questions about all the exciting imagery from yesterday’s sample collection event?! Tune in to this evening's NASA Science Live at 6:15 pm EDT. OSIRIS-REx team members will answer some of your questions! Join the conversation #ToBennuAndBack

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Twitter Media Studio : The aftermath after touching down 🔮🌪

This series of 16 images shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as I backed away from asteroid Bennu’s surface.

More details: bit.ly/3oh4jqU

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Twitter Web App : Preliminary telemetry shows this is where I touched down on site Nightingale – within 3 feet (1 meter) of the targeted location 🎯

Not too bad for being 200 million miles away 😎

Twitter Media Studio : First touch 🦾

This series of 2 images shows the SamCam imager’s field of view at the moment before and after I touched down on asteroid Bennu’s surface.

More details: bit.ly/35rZe6S

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Twitter Web App : This series shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as I approached and touched down on Bennu’s surface. I made it all the way down to site Nightingale, and my team on Earth received confirmation of successful touchdown at 6:08 pm EDT, I then performed a back-away burn.

Twitter Media Studio : Well, I definitely touched down on Bennu!

Preliminary data show the sampling head touched Bennu’s surface for approximately 6 seconds, within 3 feet (1 meter) of the targeted location. #ToBennuAndBack

More details: bit.ly/37ux3GI

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Twitter Web App : See the video from yesterday’s TAG event — NASA’s first asteroid sample collection attempt! Tune in TODAY at 5 pm EDT here: nasa.gov/nasalive

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Twitter Web App : Pablo Pagura Great question! I'm about the size of an SUV and Bennu is the size of a mountain. The force that I exerted on Bennu while touching it is so tiny that the effect on Bennu’s orbit won’t be detectable.