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OSIRIS-REX mission to 1999 RQ36, New Frontiers Mission to Launch in 2016
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post May 26 2011, 09:37 PM
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Or maybe Murray? wink.gif
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post Mar 15 2012, 09:09 AM
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the OSIRIS-REx mission now has a good, informative website
http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu/index.html


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post Aug 7 2013, 06:36 PM
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The Atlas 5 rocket, in a very unusual single strap-on configuration (which has successfully flown before), has been selected to be the launch vehicle for OSIRIS-REX.

Spaceflight Now article

Also, might mention some months old news that the asteroid has been named, as reported by the Planetary Society here:

Emily's blog
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post Jan 15 2014, 07:24 PM
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Now's the chance to send you name to Bennu and back:

http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/bennu/

Also, is there any reason the solar panels are tilted the way they are? Some of the concept art shows them more traditionally perpendicular to the sun, while others don't (when its shown doing the sampling). Is it in case Bennu looks like Itokawa, and there's a chance the panels could hit a boulder?
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post Jan 15 2014, 07:54 PM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Jan 15 2014, 02:24 PM) *
Also, is there any reason the solar panels are tilted the way they are? .... Is it in case Bennu looks like Itokawa, and there's a chance the panels could hit a boulder?
My guess is that the blast of nitrogen gas that blows sample up and into the collectors may also blow material up and into the arrays.

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