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Spacecraft launch captured by Riverview photographer

Published on: September 15, 2016

Spacecraft launch captured by Riverview photographer

By TROY McCLELLAN

Troy McClellan/Full Dome FX Multimedia photo Liftoff of OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft on an Atlas V Rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41.

Troy McClellan/Full Dome FX Multimedia photo
Liftoff of OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft on an Atlas V Rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41.

Riverview resident; Full Dome FX Multimedia photographer

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was designed to intercept the carbon-laden asteroid named Bennu, study the surface and return a sample of the soil, referred to as regolith, back to Earth. The prime focus of the mission is to test for carbon-based biological material in an effort to search for life outside of our home planet. Asteroids represent some of the earliest remnants of our solar system and may unlock clues to the history of our sun and its family of planets.

Any spacecraft is processed in a clean room environment to prevent contamination from causing performance issues in orbit. A stringent clean room protocol was used during the preparation of the OSIRIS-Rex to prevent amino acids and other biological material from hitching a ride to Bennu, assuring a pristine sample that will be returned to Earth in September, 2023.

OSIRIS-REx was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Launch Complex 41 at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V, just six days after a massive explosion destroyed a Space-X Falcon 9 rocket on a neighboring pad during a routine test.

Troy McClellan/Full Dome FX Multimedia PHOTO The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way to a rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu as seen from the KSC Press Site.

Troy McClellan/Full Dome FX Multimedia PHOTO
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way to a rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu as seen from the KSC Press Site.

Troy McClellan/Full Dome FX Multimedia photo Members of the media view and photograph the OSIRIS-REx space craft and Atlas V Payload Fairing in the high-bay clean room facility at Kennedy Space Center.

Troy McClellan/Full Dome FX Multimedia photo
Members of the media view and photograph the OSIRIS-REx space craft and Atlas V Payload Fairing in the high-bay clean room facility at Kennedy Space Center.

George Fleenor/Full Dome FX Multimedia PHOTO Photographer Troy McClellan captures images of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during processing in the high-bay clean room facility at Kennedy Space Center.

George Fleenor/Full Dome FX Multimedia PHOTO
Photographer Troy McClellan captures images of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during processing in the high-bay clean room facility at Kennedy Space Center.

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