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OSIRIS-REx – Seeking Answers to the Sweet Mystery of Life

Jason Dworkin • May 07, 2015 • 2

The nature of the origin of life is a topic that has engaged people since ancient times. The samples to be collected by OSIRIS-REx, returned to the Earth in 2023 and archived for decades beyond that, may indeed hide the secrets to the origin of life.

A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2015 • 1

Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

Dawn Journal: Getting Down to Science at Ceres

Marc Rayman • May 01, 2015 • 14

Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman gives a status update on the mission, having finally arrived at dwarf planet Ceres.

Development of the OSIRIS-REx Sampling System: TAGSAM and the SRC

Dante Lauretta • April 21, 2015

The OSIRIS-REx team has been busy assembling and testing the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) and the Sample Return Capsule (SRC).

New views of three worlds: Ceres, Pluto, and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2015 • 7

New Horizons took its first color photo of Pluto and Charon, while Dawn obtained a 20-frame animation looking down on the north pole of a crescent Ceres.

PROCYON update: Asteroid 2000 DP107 target selected, ion engine stopped

Emily Lakdawalla • April 13, 2015 • 3

PROCYON (PRoximate Object Close flYby with Optical Navigation) is a microsatellite that launched on December 3 as a secondary payload with Hayabusa2. The mission has now selected their asteroid flyby target -- a binary asteroid named 2000 DP107 -- but is reporting a problem with their ion engines.

Planetary Defense Conference: Steps to Prevent Asteroid Impact

Bruce Betts • April 13, 2015 • 2

From Italy, Bruce Betts gives background and information at the start of the Planetary Defense Conference, which addresses the asteroid threat. Bruce summarizes steps to prevent asteroid impact.

OSIRIS-REx Begins ATLO (Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations)

Dante Lauretta • April 02, 2015

The OSIRIS-REx mission passed another major milestone. We now have approval to build the spacecraft.

Dawn Journal: Preparing to Photograph Ceres

Marc Rayman • April 01, 2015 • 11

Dawn's Chief Engineer and Mission Director, Marc Rayman, explains why we haven't seen any new images of Ceres—and when we can expect them.

Revitalized 0.81m telescope studying properties of NEOs

Bruce Betts • March 31, 2015

Thanks to a new focal reducer and re-aluminized mirror from a Shoemaker NEO grant, a 0.81-meter telescope in Italy is performing astrometric follow-up observations and physical studies of asteroids.

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