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OSIRIS-REX mission to 1999 RQ36 (Bennu), New Frontiers Mission to Launch in 2016
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post Sep 28 2016, 02:25 AM
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http://www.asteroidmission.org/wp-content/...tember2016.jpeg

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On September 22, 2016, two weeks after launch, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft switched on the Touch and Go Camera System (TAGCAMS) to demonstrate proper operation in space. This image of the spacecraft was captured by the StowCam portion of the system when it was 3.9 million miles (6.17 million km) away from Earth and traveling at a speed of 19 miles per second (30 km/s) around the Sun. Visible in the lower left hand side of the image is the radiator and sun shade for another instrument (SamCam) onboard the spacecraft. Featured prominently in the center of the image is the Sample Return Capsule (SRC), showing that our asteroid sample’s ride back to Earth in 2023 is in perfect condition. In the upper left and upper right portions of the image are views of deep space. No stars are visible due to the bright illumination provided by the sun. Credit: NASA

No stars are visible because 1) the exposure time was too short to see any, and 2) Stowcam is focused on the SRC and stars would be way out of focus.

Oh, and thanks for the image credit. rolleyes.gif


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post Sep 28 2016, 05:15 AM
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Pretty!
Images from a spacecraft showing both part of itself and the background of space are always so cool to me, and I imagine many others. Philae's image of the Rosetta solar panels with 67P (or Mars) in the background was emblematic of the whole mission. Can't wait for Bennu to make a background cameo...
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post Dec 12 2016, 11:43 PM
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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/n...-rare-asteroids

Looks like a search for Earth trojans is going to be done in February during the trip to Bennu (can the thread title be changed with the new name?)

Admin- Yep! Done. smile.gif
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post Dec 29 2016, 03:45 AM
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smile.gif First DSM complete.
http://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-new...ft-update-dsm-1
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post Dec 30 2016, 12:11 PM
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One more hurdle cleared in the journey #ToBennuAndBack, eh? cool.gif


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Here is an article about the upcoming search for earth trojans at the L4 point which is just about to get underway:

Asteroid sleuth

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Between Feb. 9 and Feb. 20, the spacecraft’s mapping camera will take 145 pictures per day of the volume of space where Earth-Trojans are expected to reside, according to Lauretta.
“It’s a big cloud, and there should be material there,” Hergenrother said at a Jan. 12 meeting of NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group. “We should be able to detect stuff down to 100 meters (330 feet), and possibly even smaller, depending on the performance of our cameras, and the albedo (reflectivity).
“If we don’t find anything, it either means there’s a lot less objects out there than we were thinking, or they’re a lot smaller,” Hergenrother said.


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post Feb 15 2017, 06:38 AM
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MapCam view of the Jupiter system from the Earth Trojan asteroid search. From left to right, Callisto, Jupiter, Io and Europa. Released on Valentine's Day nonetheless! Is OSIRIS-REx sending a message to Juno? wink.gif

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You can see the belts in this one! Another reminder that Polycam is powerful!
http://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-new...r-image-jupiter
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The search for Earth Trojan asteroids came up empty...

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