Sunday, May 29, 2011

Infographic: OSIRIS-REx

Last week NASA announced its asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx. It has similarities to a previous mission, Stardust, which collected samples from a comet. The good people over at Space.com put together an infograph for it that you can see below.






















































Anyways, I feel bad about posting two infographics in the same week, but hey, there's been a lot of news and it's Memorial Day weekend. I reserve the right to dial it in every once in awhile. Oh yeah, OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (isn't that a mouthful), but it certainly is a cooler name then the subject of the previous infographic, the MPCV.


35 comments:

phthalo. said...

Infographics can be terribly informing. They're a bit more accessible than a lot of technical articles too, so don't feel to bad about posting them. They're also lovely to look at.

Nom de Plume said...

I <3 space :D

ed said...

170 years? well i dont really care

srnajera said...

AWESOME :o

HOODPHENOMENOM said...

Nasa scientists are pretty good at finding nicknames :)

Rob said...

I'll be dead long before this thing kills me, and we will certainly have amazing methods to destroy it by that time, consider how fast technology evolves.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Great infographic. As far as the sample landing in Utah, insert a 'hitting a mormon' joke here.

~My Own Private Idaho~

thenitefalls said...

I won't be living in the next 170 years, so I don't mind :D

Robert Fünf said...

I understand why, but it's still crazy to see the time tables that NASA works with. 12 years of work to get 2 oz of dust!

Kicking Rocks said...

2023 is a long wait.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

That arm reminds me of a certain droid.

Jay said...

I'm sorry, I couldn't read the infographic over the awesomeness of that name. :)

I would like to see a TV series in the style of Mad Men on how NASA comes up with these names. From the names of the planets to the surfaces of the moon to the titles/designations of robots and shuttles, they have awesome monikers. Perhaps a topic for a future post? :D

Admin said...

Interesting. Let's hope it all turns out okay.

HiFi said...

This would probably be a good cause for getting rid of the world's nukes. Tit for tat, each nuclear enabled nation packages their nukes into small vessels and Virgin Airlines slingshots them at asteroids.

BigMike said...

Hey, no need to reinvent the wheel. If they have done all the work then no reason NOT to post an info graphic...

Banacek said...

Only 170 years? Is that when the rapture comes then?

MRanthrope said...

Is Bruce Willis piloting this thing?haha. seems vaguely familiar.

Malkavian said...

I agree on the cooler name and now i get your frustration for naming the MPCV in lack of originality.

Rorschach Redemption said...

I like how NASA thinks we will be here in 2023!

A Beer for the Shower said...

In 170 years my children's children's children might really be sweating this. Me? I'll be laughing from my grave.

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

Have a SUPER week !

Shelby Fox said...

Looks like something from Spaceballs - so strange looking haha.

The Wired said...

hmm in 170 years? I'll be dead 2 times over! Shame I'll miss it! I'll be a spectacular crash!

pixel said...

thanks for another good infographic!

Moobeat said...

interesting

Alan said...

A threat to humanity? Wow we could end up like the dinosaurs because of this.

JayPower said...

This is an amazing idea, just wonder how nasa will find the funding! ;D

Solsby Kid said...

Ill be long gone by the time it hits xD

Necroticism said...

If you asked me, going into an asteroid is simply nuts! but apparently is possible,

Alphabeta said...

If I was the NASA scientist receiving the space dust I couldn't resist sprinkling a bit on my cornflakes.

Patti D. said...

I didn't know it's full name, that was cool, and the pic too!

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Dave said...

This is a great post. As usual the content is excellent.

Flodström said...

170 years? I wouldn't want my childrens' childrens' etc. to die this way. What a horrible death.

Atley said...

hot dog. I'd like to see video of that satallite thing grabbing the space dust. might be fun to watch.

Mike said...

Great infographic!

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