Path to the Pad -- January 2021 Update

Michael Howard

January 16, 2021

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NASA invites members of the press to Kennedy Space Center and provides an update on the Artemis 1 mission.

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A mockup Crew Dragon at Kennedy Space Center is lit up in red, white and blue prior to the launch of SpaceX's first operational crew rotation mission.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Arrive at Space Station

SpaceX's first operational, crew rotation mission arrives at the International Space Station on Monday, November 16, 2020.

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A still frame from an animation released by the OSIRIS-REx team depicts the TAGSAM collection head being stowed in the sample return capsule.  Credit: NASA/NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center/OSIRIS-REx Mission

Expect Three Days of Contingency Operations as Regolith Leaks from OSIRIS-REx

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is a victim of its own success. Five pieces of the asteroid have prevented a Mylar flap from closing, allowing valuable science material to leak out. More material will leak out over three upcoming days of stow activity.

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Captured on Oct. 20 during the OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this image shows the SamCam imager’s field of view at the moment when the NASA spacecraft touched down on asteroid Bennu’s surface. The sampling event brought the spacecraft all the way down to sample site Nightingale, and the team on Earth received confirmation of successful touchdown at 6:08 p.m. EDT. Preliminary data show the sampling head touched Bennu’s surface for approximately 6 seconds, after which the spacecraft performed a back-away burn. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Sampling Success: OSIRIS-REx Successfully Gathers Bennu Regolith for Asteroid Sample Return

"...I dreamed of an array of Bennu regolith floating around me." - Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx

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A full-scale engineering model of OSIRIS-REx's TAGSAM collector, used to gather samples from the surface of asteroid Bennu.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

OSIRIS-REx To Attempt TAG of Asteroid Bennu

Asteroid Bennu will have its "close encounter" with OSIRIS-REx on October 20, 2020, as the spacecraft makes contact and collects samples for study back on earth.

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