It’s Officially TAG Season!
Save the Date: Oct. 20, 2020
3-2-1… TAG Time!
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** September 2020
It’s Officially TAG Season!
On Oct. 20, the OSIRIS-REx mission will perform the first attempt of its Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event. Follow along with the ** OSIRIS-REx Twitter (https://twitter.com/OSIRISREx)
account for a live play-by-play of TAG. You can also stream the live broadcast of the TAG event on ** NASA.gov/live (https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive)
In the meantime, be sure to check the OSIRIS-REx ** Twitter (https://twitter.com/OSIRISREx)
and ** Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx)
pages for updates on the various activities surrounding the long-awaited event. We look forward to sharing the excitement with you!
GO for Sample Collection!
A historic moment is on the horizon for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission! In just a few weeks, the robotic OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will descend to asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface, touch down for a few seconds and collect a sample of the asteroid’s rocks and dust – marking the first time NASA has grabbed pieces of an asteroid.
TAG Day Activities
On TAG day, the spacecraft will leave its safe-home orbit to begin the journey to Bennu’s surface. It’ll perform the Checkpoint and Matchpoint burns to steeply descend to the surface, and then… it’s time to collect a sample from site Nightingale! Read more about what to expect from TAG ** here (https://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-news=osiris-rex-begins-its-countdown-to-tag)
We’re Going In
On Sep. 24, OSIRIS-REx mission leaders participated in the “Countdown to TAG” media briefing to discuss NASA’s first attempt to collect a sample from an asteroid. You can download and listen to the audio recording ** here (https://arizona.app.box.com/v/OsirisRExT-30/file/723056123947)
. You can also see ** a few highlights (https://twitter.com/i/events/1310691500246757376?s=20)
from the discussion on the OSIRIS-REx Twitter account.
Hey Bennu, There’s a Little Vesta On You
In an interplanetary faux pas, it appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The new result sheds light on the intricate orbital dance of asteroids and on the violent origin of Bennu — a “rubble pile” asteroid that coalesced from the fragments of a massive collision. Read more about the discovery ** here (https://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-news=nasas-osiris-rex-to-asteroid-bennu-youve-got-a-little-vesta-on-you)
OSIRIS-REx: Above and Beyond
Celebrate OSIRIS-REx’s accomplishments as we gear up for the biggest one of all — TAG!
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