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OSIRIS-REX mission to 1999 RQ36, New Frontiers Mission to Launch in 2016
stevesliva
post Aug 9 2010, 08:56 PM
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Saw this news article today:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20...th-osiris-rq36/

And didn't see a thread on this mission. There was a passing reference or two to it, and a mention here:
http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...310#entry161310

Of this:
http://futureplanets.blogspot.com/search/l...roid%20Proposal

Which I guess I missed on vjkane's blog.
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post May 25 2011, 08:20 PM
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Well, we'll be hearing a lot more about this mission now.
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/fea...osiris-rex.html
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post May 25 2011, 08:35 PM
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Even though it was awe inspiring, I hope there is a lot less drama with this mission than there was with Hayabusa. laugh.gif
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post May 25 2011, 09:14 PM
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A new mission is announced the very same day Spirit officially ends her.
Makes me feel a bit less sad.


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post May 26 2011, 12:02 AM
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It was kind of...suggestive...that this was going to be the choice when the NF-4 mission options in the Decadal Survey included Osiris-Rex's two competitors but not Osiris itself.
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post May 26 2011, 03:15 AM
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The asteroid will be a getting a new name eventually, right? Any details on how/when they will choose one?
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post May 26 2011, 03:32 AM
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I think the planetary society will be involved.

Edit: Yes, they will be involved in the naming of the asteroid http://planetary.org/blog/article/00003047/


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post May 26 2011, 04:24 AM
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I vote to name it "Spirit".


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post May 26 2011, 12:13 PM
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What's the propulsion system? Solar-Electric Ion? I hunted and hunted, but I couldn't find anything. Given the length of the trip, that seems like the best bet, but does anyone know for sure?

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post May 26 2011, 01:33 PM
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Look at the animation. It quite clearly has conventional chemical prop. The delta V requirements are not huge - this asteroid's orbit is really remarkably similar to the Earths. It's just a timing issue that defines the mission duration.
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post May 26 2011, 02:45 PM
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http://uanews.org/files/osiris-rex/OSIRIS-REx_Factsheet.pdf
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post May 26 2011, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ May 25 2011, 10:24 PM) *
I vote to name it "Spirit".


An asteroid has already been named after Spirit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/37452_Spirit


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post May 26 2011, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ May 25 2011, 07:32 PM) *
Edit: Yes, they will be involved in the naming of the asteroid http://planetary.org/blog/article/00003047/
Yes, we were quite fortunate in the selection (or maybe I should say the public was fortunate smile.gif). We were involved in lots of the original NF proposals but I know we weren't on all of the final 3. On this one we had a deeper involvement than most. It'll be a while before the public involvement aspects of this mission take shape, but there should be a lot of fun stuff.


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post May 26 2011, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE (Hungry4info @ May 26 2011, 10:27 AM) *
An asteroid has already been named after Spirit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/37452_Spirit

"MER 2" then.


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post May 26 2011, 07:50 PM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ May 26 2011, 02:28 PM) *
"MER 2" then.
Or MER-A
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