|Launch Date||Sept. 8, 2016 | 23:05 UT|
|Launch Site||Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA|
|Destination||Asteroids, 101955 Bennu|
|Type||Orbiter, Sample Return|
|Alternate Names||Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), 41757, 2016-055A|
Travel to a near-Earth asteroid Bennu (formerly 1999 RQ36), and bring at least a 2.1-ounce sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.
This spacecraft is en route to its primary destination.
Sept. 8, 2016 | 23:05 UT: Launch
Sept. 22, 2017 at 16:52 UT: Earth Flyby
December 2018: Asteroid Bennu Arrival
Sept. 24, 2023: Sample Return to Earth
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Spacecraft Mass: 3,369 pounds (1,528 kilograms)
The OCAMS Instrument Suite: