January 31, 2019

Episode 166: OSIRIS-REx and the Search for a Sample Site on Bennu

Scientists on the OSIRIS-REx mission are facing an unexpected challenge searching for an area to collect a soil sample from Bennu.

AZSCI 166 OSIRIS-REx This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km).
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OSIRIS-REx and the Search for a Sample Site on Bennu

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Episode 166: Josh Emery, planetary scientist

Scientists working on the University of Arizona-backed OSIRIS-REx mission are looking for an area to sample soil from the asteroid Bennu, but the surface has turned out to be rougher than expected. Close up photos of the object show it is covered with boulders. Planetary scientist Josh Emery says that will pose a challenge for the OSIRIS-REx mission planning team.

Josh Emery joined the OSIRIS-REx team this year from the University of Tennessee. He spoke with Tim Swindle of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab.

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