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.