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Experts on the OSIRIS-REx mission

The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is a NASA asteroid study and sample-return mission. The mission's main goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 grams (2.1 oz) from 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid, and return the sample to Earth for a detailed analysis. The material returned is expected to enable scientists to learn more about the formation and evolution of the Solar System, its initial stages of planet formation, and the source of organic compounds that led to the formation of life on Earth.  If successful, OSIRIS-REx will be the first U.S. spacecraft to return samples from an asteroid. The Lidar instrument used aboard the OSIRIS-REx was built by Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency.

OSIRIS-REx was launched on 8 September 2016, and reached the proximity of Bennu on 3 December 2018, where it began analyzing its surface for a target sample area over the next several months. It is expected to return with its sample to Earth on 24 September 2023.

The cost of the mission is approximately US$800 million not including the Atlas V launch vehicle, which is about US$183.5 million. It is the third planetary science mission selected in the New Frontiers program, after Juno and New Horizons. The principal investigator is Dante Lauretta from the University of Arizona.

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Name Missions & Mission Experience Targets Techniques Major Facilities & Instrument Development
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Matthew Chojnacki
Mars Odyssey, MER, MRO, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive, Data validation, Mission operations, Science operations Asteroids, Earth, Mars Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy, Thermal Emission Spectroscopy Cameras
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Robert Gaskell
Cassini, Dawn, MESSENGER, OSIRIS-REx, Rosetta, Voyager Asteroids, Comets, Earth, Icy satellites, Io, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Vesta Shape modeling
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Pamela Gay
OSIRIS-REx Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Photometry
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Rebecca Ghent
LRO, Mars 2020, OSIRIS-REx Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus Remote sensing, Radar, Tectonics, Volcanism, Numerical modeling, Geology, Ground-based observing, Mapping
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Catherine Johnson
MESSENGER, OSIRIS-REx Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Venus Tectonics, Volcanism, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Magnetospherics
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Lucille Le Corre
Cassini, Dawn, Hayabusa 1 (Japan), Hayabusa2 (Japan), OSIRIS-REx ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Science operations Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Europa, Icy satellites, Meteorites, Small satellites, Titan, Vesta Geology, Geomorphology, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Mineralogy, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy IRTF ** Cameras, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers
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Jian-Yang Li
Chang'E 2 (China), Dawn, Deep Impact, EPOXI, HST, OSIRIS-REx, Stardust-NExT ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Mission science team, Science operations Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Interplanetary Dust, Small satellites, Vesta Ground-based observing, Mapping, Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing, Thermal modeling ALMA, Gemini, Palomar
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Jamie Molaro
OSIRIS-REx Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Enceladus, Europa, Icy satellites, Moon Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Field Work, Geomorphology, Numerical modeling, Thermal modeling
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Carol Neese
Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Kuiper Belt, Meteorites, Pluto, Small satellites, Vesta
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Eric Palmer
Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive Icy satellites, Moon, Vesta
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Matt Siegler
Apollo, Chang'E 1 (China), Chang'E 2 (China), CLPS 2022 Lunar South Pole, CLPS 2023 Lunar Crisium, LCROSS, LRO, Lunar Prospector, Mariner 10, Mars Insight, Mars Polar Lander, MESSENGER, OSIRIS-REx, Phoenix Mars Lander, VIPER ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Science operations Asteroids, Mars, Mercury, Moon Celestial Mechanics, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Ground-based observing, Neutron spectroscopy, Planetary Interiors, Radar, Remote sensing, Thermal modeling Arecibo, VLA ** Geothermal heat flow probes, Microwave radiometers, Seismometers, Thermal radiometers
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John Weirich
OSIRIS-REx ** Spacecraft navigation Asteroids, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mercury, Meteorites, Moon, Small satellites Geochemistry, Geology, Impacts, Mass spectrometry, Meteoritics, Mineralogy, Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, Shape modeling Electron Microprobe, Mass spectrometers
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Xiao-Duan Zou
Chang'E 1 (China), Chang'E 2 (China), Chang'E 3 (China), OSIRIS-REx ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Mission science team, Science operations Asteroids, Comets, Moon Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Mapping, Photometry, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Spectroscopy Cameras, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers

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