Thursday, September 8, 2016

CSWA Chair = NASA Deputy Program Scientist for OSIRIS-REx = LAUNCH TODAY!

Christina Richey, chair of the CSWA, is participating today in the launch of NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission as deputy program scientist at NASA Headquarters. OSIRIS-REx will journey to the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu to collect surface samples that may trace the earliest composition of our Solar System, including water and organic molecules. The mission will also map Bennu's surface and test the Yarkovsky effect. The launch is garnering lots of public interest as one of what could be a number of asteroid sampling and surveying missions supported by NASA.

Deputy Program Scientist for ORSIRIS-REx at NASA Headquarters Christina Richey speaks during a briefing on NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch on Sept. 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

In  this photo, Christina is showing a 3d model of Bennu; instructions on how to print one yourself are available to all. If you are curious about other scientists working on the mission, also check out this CSWA career profile of Harold C. Connolly Jr, a mission scientist for OSIRIS-REx.

You (and your friends) can watch the launch live today on NASA TV beginning at 5:30pm ET -- the actual launch is planned for 7:05pm ET.

Rock on, Christina!!