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.
Hanna, K.; Schrader, D.; Bowles, N.; Clark, B.; Cloutis, E.; Connolly, Harold Jr.; Hamilton, V.; Keller, L.; Lauretta, D.; Lim, L.; and McCoy, T., "Spectral Characterization of Analog Samples in Anticipation of OSIRIS-REx's Arrival at Bennu" (2017). School of Earth & Environment Faculty Scholarship. 10.