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  1. A potentially hazardous object would have a low ∆V from Earth for encounter. But it would still be a very challenging mission for humans.
  2. Here's a little more detail: https://news.arizona.edu/story/nasa-gives-green-light-osiris-rex-spacecraft-visit-another-asteroid As you know, once you go through the tremendous effort to get something into space you should use it as much a you can. The spacecraft is healthy and has enough ∆V to do more science after the sample is delivered to Earth for study.
  3. Here is the paper and the graphics from the teleconference.
  4. On August 9 and 11, 2021, the video produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will be featured in the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater – a high honor for those in the graphic visualization field. Here is a making of, you might enjoy.
  5. Hi, I got hooked from one of Scott Manley's KSP videos in 2011 since I was following him due to his wonderful asteroid orbit visualizations, though I'm a sloppy KSP player myself. @Jasonden is a deputy PI for Dragonfly and he plays KSP and is active on the forums. Brian May likes making stereo pairs. This one from two images at different times from the same camera was a challenge for him to make, but is informative https://www.asteroidmission.org/stereopair/ My PhD is in biochemistry, but I apply it to planetary science. I've never been to space but did have the amazing opportunity to briefly work with Kate Rubins on the DNA sequencer on the ISS and talk with Leland Melvin about research, but I didn't ask him about his dogs. Starting your journey to space research or technology at a young age is awesome.
  6. It's just like landing at Kerbal Space Center, almost. Flight Dynamics must be using the Precise Node mod
  7. There will be. The Sample Return Capsule (SRC) will land in the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR)/Dugway Proving Ground, which is part of a military base, so there are restrictions. We will be planning the public engagement events to determine how to best share the experience. Landing at UTTR is necessary as it is a very large open space with enormous restricted airspace and the best radar coverage in the world to enable tracking of the SRC and ensure that it doesn't accidentally cause injury or property damage when it lands. ' It will be similar to the landing of the Stardust SRC in 2006, except during daylight and with higher resolution cameras.
  8. Here's the departure special. Yours truly appears 32 minutes in. With Bennu in the (figurative) rear-view mirror, it is time to rehearse the recovery and perfect our lab methods. Also, look to where to go with the fuel we have left after delivering the samples to Earth.
  9. Awesome. I wasn't sure what time it would be out. These are tiny maneuvers. The smallest was 0.11 mm/s!
  10. At the 4pm EDT nasa.gov/live broadcast today we will release the animation with ALL maneuvers around Bennu. #ToBennuaAndBack for questions on Instagram
  11. Here it is. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/nasas-osiris-rex-leaves-its-mark-on-asteroid-bennu
  12. The last flyover of the collection site happened this week. Early data is looking interesting. More to come soon.
  13. Cheers for the rebalancing of the Cupola in 1.11. I recommend a simple adjustment so that the increased view permit a scientist to collect EVA reports when in a Cupola, much like can be done in an External Command Seat. Here is an old thread with similar idea.
  14. The Planetary Society has named OSIRIS-REx “Planetary science mission of the year" and sample collection from Bennu “Most exciting planetary science moment” of 2020. Also congratulations to Juno, JWST, SpaceX, LightSail 2, and SimgDe for their wins.
  15. Yes, that Brian May. He didn’t participate in person, but he has a passion for stereo images, so solving this problem was right up his alley. He also did Benben from approach images https://www.asteroidmission.org/bennus-boulder-1-stereo-pair-stereoscope-version/
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