Media Advisory - Launch of Canadian Instrument on NASA's First Asteroid Sample Return Mission

LONGUEUIL, QC, Sept. 6, 2016 /CNW/ - The OSIRIS-REx mission is scheduled to launch on September 8, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Canadian Space Agency's (CSA's) contribution is an advanced laser system known as the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA). The mission will help answer fundamental questions about how our solar system formed and how life began, and it will give us a better understanding of one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids known to humanity.

The CSA will host an event featuring a presentation on Canada's role in OSIRIS-REx and a screening of the launch live on NASA TV.

Media representatives are invited to the event. Experts will be available on site for interviews. Note that rocket launches are subject to last-minute schedule changes.



September 8, 2016


 6:30 p.m. (EDT)


Presentation on the OSIRIS-REx mission and live NASA TV broadcast of the launch


Gilles Leclerc, Director General, Space Exploration, CSA
Stéphane Desjardins, Manager, Space Exploration, CSA


Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, QC  J3Y 8Y9


More information about the OSIRIS-REx mission.

Please take note that due to new security procedures, media representatives will have to show their press card at the security gate. Their vehicle trunks will also be searched.


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SOURCE Canadian Space Agency

For further information: Canadian Space Agency, Media Relations Office, Telephone: 450-926-4370, Website:, Email:, Twitter: @csa_asc


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