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ISS Crew Return, OSIRIS-REx Update & Rocket Lab Launch on Tap for Today

21 Oct 2020, 16:32 UTC
ISS Crew Return, OSIRIS-REx Update & Rocket Lab Launch on Tap for Today
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission readies itself to touch the surface of asteroid Bennu. (Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)

Several major space events are occurring today.

Expedition 63 crew members Chris Cassidy, Anatoly Ivanishin & Ivan Vagner will return from the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft.

NASA will provide an update on its OSIRIS-REx mission, which appears to have collected a sample from asteroid Bennu on Tuesday.

And Rocket Lab will conduct a launch of the Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

ISS Crew Return & OSIRIS-REx UpdateAll times Eastern Daylight TimeWebcast: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

ISS Crew Return

3:30 p.m. – ISS Expedition 63 Farewells and Soyuz MS-16 Hatch Closure Coverage4:10 p.m. (approximately) — Hatch closure

OSIRIS-REx Update5 p.m. – OSIRIS-REx post-sampling news conference – and release of new images – with the following participants:

Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator, University of Arizona, TucsonRich Burns, OSIRIS-REx project manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MarylandSandra Freund, OSIRIS-REx mission operations manager, Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado

6:15 to 6:45 p.m. – NASA Science Live on OSIRIS_REx with team members answering live questions from the public about TAG, OSIRIS-REx, and asteroid science. Use #ToBennuAndBack on social media to participate.

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