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NASA turns down UA asteroid plan
The University of Arizona has lost out on $425 million in NASA funding after the space agency selected a competing proposal for its next Discovery Class mission.
The UA's OSIRIS mission, which would have launched a spacecraft to collect and return material from a near-Earth asteroid, was one of three finalists competing for the NASA funding. NASA officials announced this week that another finalist, a moon mission known as GRAIL, will move forward.

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Proposed Mission Will Return Sample from Near-Earth Object (NEO)
A menacing lump of rock and dust in space called 10195 (1999 RQ36) would barely be noticed except for two crucial facts: First, "It's a treasure trove of organic material, so it holds clues to how Earth formed and life got started," said Joseph Nuth of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, Md. Second, it regularly crosses Earth's orbit, so it might impact us someday.
Nuth is Project Scientist for the proposed OSIRIS mission, which will "return a pristine sample of the scientifically priceless asteroid RQ36 to Earth for in-depth study," said University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) Director Michael Drake, Principal Investigator for the proposed mission. The mission will be the first to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. NASA Goddard is managing the project. Lockheed Martin is building the flight system, the sampling mechanism, and the sample return capsule. Lockheed Martin is also performing spacecraft operations.
The OSIRIS team recently won a $1.2 million award from NASA to develop a more detailed engineering study of how the mission will accomplish its scientific objectives. OSIRIS will launch in 2011, acquire a sample of RQ36 in 2013, and return it to Earth in 2017.

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 NASA has started detailed planning to obtain a sample of organic material from a small asteroid named 10195 (1999 RQ36) that regularly crosses Earth's orbit.

"It's a treasure trove of organic material, so it holds clues to how Earth formed and life got started" -   Joseph Nuth of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Laurel, Md.

Nuth is the project scientist for the proposed OSIRIS mission that will be the first to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. OSIRIS will launch in 2011, acquire a sample from RQ36 in 2013 and return to Earth in 2017.

"OSIRIS will return 150 grams -- about 5 ounces. We'll take it apart almost atom by atom. It will keep a lot of people busy for a long time" - Jason Dworkin, a co-investigator on the OSIRIS project.

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Cílem letu sondy OSIRIS se má stát asteroid 1999 RQ36. Jak už číslo napovídá, jedná se o čerstvě objevený objekt z roku 1999. Jeho průměr je asi 580 m.

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