The mission has canceled tomorrow’s sample mass measurement to protect the sample and now has to stop sampling as soon as possible. The spacecraft remains in good health and the mission is confident that the spacecraft has collected more than 60 grams of material. pic.twitter.com/hABL4n3JYN
– NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) October 23, 2020
NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said in a statement that “although we may have to move faster to stove the sample, it is not a bad problem.” We are very excited to see that there seems to be an abundant specimen that will inspire science for decades beyond this historical moment. “Dante Lauretta led the science team and said” loss of mass is a concern for me, so I’m encouraging the team to get this precious specimen as fast as possible. ”
Based on the figures, they believe the head “has more than 2 ounces of regolith,” and they have adjusted their plans to get it off as quickly as possible. A planned measurement that would cut off the sampling arm to help determine the mass of the sample has been canceled, as well as a breaking burn for the craft.