NASA’s first asteroid sample mission has received the final approval for its ambitious launch in 2016 and is now entering the development and testing phase. The USD one billion OSIRIS‐REx reached a major milestone after it passed a confirmation review called Key Decision Point (KDP)‐C, authorising continuation of the project into the next phase of development. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorised the spacecraft’s continuation into the development phase. OSIRIS‐REX will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018 and return a sample of it to Earth in 2023.
Source: Deccan Herald