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Are there any firewalls in place if you happen to find dormant microbacterial life on an asteroid?
What an exciting time to be alive! I actually have three questions.
1) What are some of the main differences and similarities between the OSIRIS-REx and the past ESA Rosetta mission? Besides sample return.
2) Can you explain how your sample collection device works, and why this design was chosen.
3) If you were to build a cube sat (1U to 3U) today that launches in 2-3 years what type of science mission would you place on it?
Thank you for taking time to reach out.
I understand that Bennu is both a time capsule of sorts, and accessible. But was Bennu chosen because of its relative accessibility, or because what we know about it makes us feel it is more likely than other asteroids to harbor organic material from long ago?
If it takes 1 year to reach Bannu and if the OSIRIS-REx will be back on 2023, does it means it collects samples for 4 years?
What would be the most exciting or unexpected thing to find on Bennu?
Thanks for coming to talk with us today! So much of software development in regular business is a 'trial and error' sort of a thing--which is obviously a just terrible idea for a spacecraft. :) . Can you tell us about your software engineering practices? Do you patch code after launch? Have you ever fixed a serious software error after launch?
What do you anticipate to be the most challenging part of the planned mission for OSIRIS-REx?
I've read that asteroids can be composed of precious metals like gold, silver and platinum. What are the chances that Bennu will be made of precious metals?
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OSIRIS-REx is an interesting name. Is it some sort of acronym? I'd love to hear the origin or inspiration behind naming it.
Is anyone working on the telemetry for this mission actively looking for any signs of the [flyby anomaly] (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyby_anomaly)that has been observed in some previous Earth flybys?
Hi All! Super big fan of what you are doing, I was in the NASA Robotics Mining Competition in May of 2016 where our team of engineers had to design a regolith mining robot so I am somewhat familiar with the overall concept of what you are going to achieve.
My question is, what method of mining will you use to take samples of the regolith to bring back to earth? At the competition I saw everything from scoops, augers, conveyor belts, etc. and the conveyor belt system appeared to do best during competition.
Be honest, did you guys ever use Kerbal Space Program for anything related to this mission?
How much of an increase in speed are we talking about here?
What is this thing called "Regolith" ?
Bennu was targeted because of a confluence of various factors (size, composition, Δv/$/time budgets). If you could launch another OSIRIS-REx in the next launch window without worrying about so many of these constraints, what would be the next most interesting target for this sort of investigation in our solar system and why?