Ask an Astrobiologist: OSIRIS-REx Special Episode!

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Ask an Astrobiologist: OSIRIS-REx Special Episode!

Time: May 19, 2021 all day
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Join us for our next episode of Ask an Astrobiologist, coming on the 19th of May at 10:00 Pacific Daylight Time (17:00 UTC)! 

You can tune in on SAGANet or watch on the NASA Astrobiology Facebook page. You can ask questions in the chat or use #AskAstrobio on Twitter to ask questions and engage with other audience members.


This episode is going to be a special panel episode for discussing the OSIRIS-REx mission, which just left asteroid Bennu with asteroidal material on its way back to Earth! Joining us will be researchers from the OSIRIS-REx mission team, Drs. Eve Berger, Jason Dworkin, and Scott Sandford. Check out more about these amazing researchers below:


  • Dr. Eve Berger is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center. Her current research includes exploring the effects of impact processes on the formation and evolution of amino acids as well as looking at extraterrestrial amino acid abundances in meteorite samples. Dr. Berger is a collaborator on the OSIRIS-REx mission and also a Mars 2020 science team member, working with the SHERLOC team.  


  • Dr. Jason Dworkin is an OSIRIS-REx Mission Project Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His work has focused on assessing the organic species available for the origin(s) and early evolution of life, with a focus on understanding extraterrestrial sources of molecules relevant for life. Dr. Dworkin directs the research in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA Goddard and has taken a scientific leadership role in NASA sample return and in situ missions.


  • Dr. Scott Sandford is a senior member of the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, where he works on a variety of projects in astrochemistry, astrophysics, and meteoritics. Besides being a Co-Investigator on OSIRIS-REx, Dr. Sandford has also been a Co-Investigator on JAXA’s Hayabusa mission and for NASA’s Stardust mission.


Want to know more about the OSIRIS-REx mission, how asteroid sample return is important in understanding the origin(s) and evolution of life, and what the mission will teach us about the history and evolution of our solar system? Want to ask questions about working on a sample-return mission like OSIRIS-REx? Ask Drs. Berger, Dworkin, and Sandford all about it on Ask an Astrobiologist!


We hope you can join us for this episode!

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Comment by Andrew Planet on May 17, 2021 at 3:23pm

Just realized that there's a ƧETI talk on Why Is Earth Still Habitable at the very same time that I already booked for, so chances are that I won't be able to make it live, so I'll watch it afterwards.

It thanks to Sara Walker at a SETI talk that I originally got to know about SAGANET a number of years ago and I'm very grateful 

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