Credit: Rosie Muñoz on Instagram

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer asteroid sample return mission – mercifully shortened to OSIRIS-Rex, is the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study.

Next year, in August 2018, OSIRIS-REx’s approach to asteroid Bennu will begin. It will use an array of small rocket thrusters to match the velocity of Bennu and rendezvous with the space rock.

In March 2021, the window for departure from the asteroid will open, and OSIRIS-REx will begin its return journey to Earth, arriving two and a half years later in September 2023.

The sample return capsule will separate from the spacecraft and enter the Earth’s atmosphere. The capsule containing the asteroid specimens will be collected at the Utah Test and Training Range.

Artist concept of OSIRIS-REx at Bennu. Credit: NASA/Goddard

Pocket spacecraft

Time is on your side – but for the moment take your own pocket spacecraft for an adventure right here on Earth.

Snap a photo of your spacecraft TAG-ing something interesting where you live, work, study or travel. Then share it by using the hashtag #MyOSIRISREx and tagging the mission account on Twitter (@OSIRISREx) or Instagram (@OSIRIS_REx).

Note, when sharing images on social media as part of the #MyOSIRISREx campaign, please be aware that they may be re-shared to a larger audience by the mission accounts and/or other users.

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Going somewhere? #MyOSIRISREx has been spotted in 23 countries and 29 U.S. states.

Help fill in the map by printing your own pocket spacecraft and sharing a photo of it TAGing something interesting where you are.

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