NASA OSIRIS-REx Flexes its “Arm” Before Arriving at Asteroid Bennu

This image of the OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism arm and sampling head in space was taken on Nov. 14, 2018, by the spacecraft’s SamCam imager as part of a visual checkout of the sample return system. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

– NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft completes critical engineering maneuver campaign to test out sample return mechanism – developed by Lockheed Martin.

DENVER, Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — TAGSAM, or Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, completed a successful practice deployment in space on Nov. 14—an important milestone in the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu. TAGSAM is the first-of-its-kind robotic arm and sampling head invented by Lockheed Martin.