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Laser Altimeter Will Aid Spacecraft's Visit to Asteroid

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A laser altimeter from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Systems for integration onto NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) will create 3D maps of the near-earth asteroid Bennu, aiding in the selection of a sample collection site. The advanced lidar system will provide mission scientists with fundamental data on the asteroid's shape, topography, surface processes and evolution. An accurate shape model will also be an important tool for...Read full article

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