Here is the information for the launch of the AtlasV OSIRIS-REX mission. Let’s go bring back a piece of an asteroid!
OSIRIS-REx’s key science objectives include:
• Return and analyze a sample of Bennu’s surface
• Map the asteroid
• Document the sample site
• Measure the orbit deviation caused by non-gravitational forces (the Yarkovsky effect)
• Compare observations at the asteroid to ground-based observations
Launch Window: September 8, 2016 – 7:05 – 9:05pm eastern
Launch location: SLC-41 Cape Canaveral
AXM has just released a wonderful 1/96 scale paper model build in advance of the launch.
You can get it here
You can also download a 3-D model of the Bennu asteroid