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Virtual Visitor Center Sunday Experiment - OSIRIS-REx

10.08.2020
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On Oct. 20, in NASA’s first-ever asteroid sample collection attempt, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will attempt to collect a sample from near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Celebrate with us on social media with #ToBennuAndBack!

Visit the Sunday Experiment page on the GSFC Visitor Center site to find activities you can do at home, videos, stories, and how to promote the Touch-and-go event via social media. And check out the OSIRIS-REx resource package for more!

John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for Space Science

08.27.2020
A message from Center Director Dennis J. Andrucyk:

In a bit of good news, I would like to congratulate Dennis Reuter and Amy Simon, both from our Solar System Exploration Division, as this year’s co-recipients of the John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for Space Science, one of the highest honors bestowed by our center. Together, they have led the development and use of infrared spectrometers that are leading to groundbreaking discoveries. Among other achievements, their OSIRIS-REx OVIRS instrument is at asteroid Bennu, where it has enabled the discovery of hydrated minerals. In just a few months, OSIRIS-REx will pluck a sample from the asteroid, making this honor both timely and topical. They will be presented with the award during a future Goddard Scientific Colloquium. Hearty congratulations to both Dennis and Amy, and we’re excited to hear about more amazing discoveries from OSIRIS-REx!
Dennis ReuterAmy Simon

Holly Gilbert on "Science in Seconds" with Thomas Zurbuchen

07.16.2020
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NASA Associate Administrator, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, interviews our own Heliophysics Director, Dr. Holly Gilbert, on the "Science in Seconds" feature about Solar Orbiter.
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