Go-Ahead for OSIRIS-REx Mission
OSIRIS-REx will be sent into space in 2016
15 April 2014
NASA’s team obtained the authorization to start building all the facilities they need to visit the asteroid Bennu in 2018. «This is the final step for a NASA mission to go from paper to product. This confirms that the final design is ready to start the build-up towards launch.» said Gordon Johnston the OSIRIS-REx program executive at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.
This artist's concept shows the instrument deck of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample and return mission. (Image: NASA)