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Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is Friday, June 16 at 7:30 PM. Join us for pizza at 7:00 PM.

The June program will be a prerecorded webinar about the NASA Osirus-Rex asteroid sample return mission.

This is a multi year mission Launched in September of 2016 with a 2 year approach to a near earth asteroid. The space craft will spend approximately a year orbiting the asteroid and surveying it for a sample site. Then there will be a sample collection and a 2 year return voyage to bring the sample to earth.

Several interesting new techniques have been developed for the mission and there will be an earth flyby on the way to rendezvous with the asteroid. The actual return to ground will use the same technique that was pioneered with the return of comet dust several years ago. You may recall that return was only partly successful since the return capsule crashed in the Utah desert rather that landing with its parachute.

Tom Burleson, Jr.

Vice-President

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