The first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth, addressing multiple NASA Solar System Exploration objectives. Electronic music by Donemus composer Roland Kuit sent into space!
The OSIRIS-REx Mission seeks answers to questions that are central to the human experience: Where did we come from? What is our destiny? OSIRIS-REx is going to Bennu, a carbon-rich asteroid that records the earliest history of our Solar System, and will be bringing a piece of it back to Earth. Bennu may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids and has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century. OSIRIS-REx will determine Bennu’s physical and chemical properties, which will be critical for future scientists to know when developing an impact mitigation mission.
The sound research music of Roland Kuit has been sent to space by NASA integrated in the OSIRIS-REx on September 8.