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Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2017


NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer hide (OSIRIS-REx) mission successfully launched on September 8th, 2016. During its rendezvous with near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu beginning in 2018, OSIRIS-REx will characterize the asteroid's physical, mineralogical, and chemical properties in an effort to globally map the properties of Bennu, a primitive carbonaceous asteroid, and choose a sampling location]. In preparation for these observations, analog samples were spectrally characterized across visible, near- and thermal-infrared wavelengths and were used in initial tests on mineral-phase-detection and abundance-determination software algorithms.


Conference paper JSC-CN-38482 on the NASA Technical Reports Server, available at