OSIRIS-REx Mission – UPSC Prelims

  • NASA’s project
  • OSIRIS-Rex stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer.
  • Aim: To travel to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study.
  • Launched in 2016.
  • It was the first U.S. mission to successfully collect a sample from an asteroid.
  • Duration: The mission is essentially a seven-year-long. The mission will conclude when at least 60 grams of samples are delivered back to the Earth.
  • NASA scientists feel that the Bennu asteroid hold clues to the origin of the solar system and the source of water and organic molecules found on Earth

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