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Atlas V to Launch OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

Atlas V OSIRIS-REx Mission Overview

Atlas V OSIRIS-REx Mission ArtworkRocket/Payload:
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 configuration rocket will launch the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission for NASA.

Date/Site/Launch Time: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Launch is planned for 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Mission Description: The OSIRIS-REx mission will help scientists investigate the origins of our solar system, how water and organic material traveled to Earth, and increase understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. In addition, the sample returned to Earth will further our understanding of water, organics and precious metals on asteroids, which could fuel future exploration missions.

Launch Notes: OSIRIS-REx marks the 65th Atlas V launch and the fourth in the 411 configuration. This also will be ULA’s 111th launch since the company was formed in 2006.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch. Hashtags #AtlasV and #ToBennuAndBack.

Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go OSIRIS-REx!



Aug. 19, 2016: A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lifts off with the AFSPC-6 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The rocket delivered two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geo­synchronous orbit.