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NASA Picks OSIRIS-REx

By Keith Cowing
May 25, 2011
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NASA To Launch New Science Mission To Asteroid In 2016
“NASA will launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to pluck samples that could better explain our solar system’s formation and how life began. The mission, called Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth.”
Press Conference
“NASA will host a media teleconference at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25, to discuss the selection of a future science mission that will usher in a new era in planetary exploration. Jim Green, director for NASA’s Planetary Science Division Mission in Washington, and other officials will take reporters’ questions during the teleconference. For live streaming audio of the teleconference, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio A news release about the new mission will be available at 4 p.m. at: http://www.nasa.gov

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