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Texas State's Eve Berger discusses NASA asteroid sample return mission

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Jayme Blaschke | June 23, 2021

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Artist’s conception of NASA's OSIRIS-REx approaching touchdown on asteroid Bennu.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a video of Texas State University's Eve Berger in a panel discussion with other researchers about an asteroid sample return mission.

The video, "Everything You Need to Know About the OSIRIS-REx Mission to Bennu and Back," is a joint production between the NASA Astrobiology Program and SAGANet. The video is available at https://youtu.be/TxVlh5mhGRQ.

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Eve Berger

Berger, senior research scientist with Texas State's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs' JETS project, discusses the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) mission, which launched in 2016 and rendezvoused with asteroid 101995 Bennu in 2018. In late 2020, the spacecraft successfully collected a sample of the asteroid for return to Earth. 

Berger's current research includes exploring the effects of impact processes on the formation and evolution of amino acids as well as looking at extraterrestrial amino acid abundances in meteorite samples.

Other panel participants are Jason Dworkin, senior scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Scott Sandford, research scientist, NASA Ames Research Center. The panel was hosted by Graham Lau of the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science.

JETS, or “JSC Engineering and Technical Support” is a multi-organizational partnership supporting NASA’s Johnson Space Center through Jacobs Engineering.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922