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The OSIRIS-REx Graphic Artists – Where Art and Science Intersect


Guest Bloggers: Heather Roper and Ryan Dougherty

We are Heather Roper and Ryan Dougherty, and we recently graduated from the University of Arizona. We served as graphic artists for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. We worked directly with the scientists, engineers, and mission management to learn about the mission and then worked to convey the knowledge we gained to the public in a visually compelling manner. A large part of our work revolved around social media strategy and developing projects to disseminate the science and ideas behind the mission to the general public via various social media platforms. As student employees, we were given the opportunity and privilege to work with a team doing new and exciting things in an effort to understand more about Earth and the origins of life in the Universe. Needless to say, it’s been an exciting opportunity for the both of us to garner…

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The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES) – Our Heat Sensor and Mineral Mapper


Guest Blogger: Vicky Hamilton, OTES Deputy Instrument Scientist

To help characterize the asteroid Bennu and aid in the selection of a scientifically compelling sampling site, OSIRIS-REx carries a pair of complementary spectrometers, one of which is called the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer, or OTES. OTES is being developed and built at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. During several phases of the mission, OTES measures the energy emitted by Bennu over wavelengths of approximately 5 – 50 microns, also called the thermal infrared. At these wavelengths, virtually all minerals have unique spectral signatures that are like fingerprints, which will help the science team to understand what minerals are present on the surface of Bennu and search for minerals of particular interest, such as those that contain water. Additionally, the emitted heat energy (temperature) at these wavelengths can tell the science…

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DEAP-3600 dark matter detector

Related Industry News For January 4 – 10, 2015

2015 started out with some exciting new developments and discoveries from NASA, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NIST, and SNOLAB including new inflatable technology for landing spacecrafts on Mars, how to enhance compact batteries, a dark matter detector, and how Graphene could be used in XPS systems to replace the need for a high vacuum environment. Read more »

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