Join Donate

Emily LakdawallaAugust 15, 2016

Photos: OSIRIS-REx prepares for launch

Only 24 days remain until the opening of OSIRIS-REx's launch period, and final preparations are underway. There is a lot to do in the final months before a launch, but things seem to be going well, according to what I can see from the NASA Kennedy photo album and principal investigator Dante Lauretta's Twitter feed. There is a televised briefing scheduled for Wednesday. Here are just a few photos and bits of news from the last several weeks:

Inspecting the inside of the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule

NASA / Kim Shiflett

Inspecting the inside of the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule
Taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center on July 13, 2016, during testing of the sample return capsule door.

Covering OSIRIS-REx in blankets

NASA / Michelle Stone

Covering OSIRIS-REx in blankets
On July 27, 2016, technicians install thermal blankets on OSIRIS-REx. The multilayered material will insulate the spacecraft's interior from both hot and cold temperatures experienced in space.

OSIRIS-REx's Centaur

NASA / Cory Huston

OSIRIS-REx's Centaur
The Centaur upper stage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket arrives inside the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on July 21, 2016.

Another milestone for @OSIRISREx - We are "Go" to load the rocket fuel onto the Spacecraft!

— Dante Lauretta (@DSLauretta) August 3, 2016

OSIRIS-REx's rocket is lifted into position

NASA / Glenn Benson

OSIRIS-REx's rocket is lifted into position
On August 8, 2016, the first stage of the Atlas V rocket that will send OSIRIS-REx to space was raised to a vertical position at Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The @OSIRISREx solar panels have been installed for flight - the last mechanical installation for the spacecraft pic.twitter.com/BrLNu30RvJ

— Dante Lauretta (@DSLauretta) August 9, 2016

The Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) was mated to the @OSIRISREx Atlas V first stage yesterday. We are flying a 411 configuration with a single SRM.

— Dante Lauretta (@DSLauretta) August 10, 2016

Read more: mission status, OSIRIS-REx

You are here:
Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla
Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist for The Planetary Society
Read more articles by Emily Lakdawalla

Comments & Sharing
MER
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Emily Lakdwalla
The Planetary Fund

Support enables our dedicated journalists to research deeply and bring you original space exploration articles.

Donate