CSI: OSIRIS-REx

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AKA – Contamination Science Investigation for OSIRIS-REx

OSIRIS-REx is driven by the top-level science objective to return >60 g of pristine, carbonaceousregolith from asteroid Bennu.  In support of this objective, OSIRIS-REx has a team of sample scientists, based at Johnson Space Center (JSC), who are capable of analyzing material down to the atomic level. They are anxiously awaiting their chance to apply an awesome array of instruments to understand the composition and structure of the returned sample. In the meantime, they are deploying these tools to ensure that the returned sample remains pristine. Read on to find out how we get this job done.

OSIRIS-REx Sample Science is led by Scott Messenger at NASA-JSC OSIRIS-REx Sample Science is led by Scott Messenger (right) at NASA-JSC

Lindsay Keller (back) and Keiko Nakamura-Messenger (front) provide key support for OSIRIS-REx Sample Science Lindsay Keller (back) and Keiko Nakamura-Messenger (front) provide key support for OSIRIS-REx Sample Science

The Target – Pristine Carbonaceous Regolith

Regolith is the blanket of rock that covers the asteroid surface…

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