OSIRIS REX Asteroid Mission Launch

On September 8th, NASA’s OSIRIS REX (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security and Regolith Explorer) mission was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral. It took off at  7.05pm EST.

With the funding by the Canadian Space Agency, Professor Mike Daly has been the lead researcher behind the OLA laser altimeter. The high-powered laser will be used to map asteroid Bennu as part of the mission’s goal to bring a sample back to Earth. The mission is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

On the day of the launch, Lassonde has hosted a celebration, where York University leaders, Lassonde faculty members, students, alumni, and industry participants have given remarks about space engineering research.

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Osiris-REX is bound for asteroid Bennu (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-blogs/)astronomy-space-david-dickinson/osiris-rex-bennu-bound/astronauts/)