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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.20.20)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

“The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will make its first TAG attempt at gathering at least 2 ounces regolith from the asteroid Bennu. Since Bennu is so far away, the operators on the ground will issue instructions to the software, and then it will autonomously approach Bennu and extend its robotic arm, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM). The solar panels will pull back safely away so they can’t touch Bennu’s surface, and the Natural Feature Tracking system will enable the spacecraft to pull back before the spacecraft is in danger of colliding with a hazardous area of the 'Nightingale' landing site, which while our best option for gather surface material, is surrounded by massive mission-ending boulders.”

Source: Roger Harris, who served as Project Manager for OSIRIS-REx work at IV&V, explained exactly what to expect during the TAG manueuver at the Bennu asteroid, this Tuesday.

FMI: www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-broadcast-osiris-rex-asteroid-sample-collection-activities

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