NASA OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule
Bringing back asteroid pebbles.
While at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center I was tasked with creating a render of the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule, a device responsible for storing rock and dust samples collected from a distant asteroid.
Starting with a CAD model from NASA engineers, I added textures and lighting in Autodesk Maya and modeled the rock pieces within the capsule.
Executive Producer: Wade Sisler
Video Producer: Dan Gallagher
Animation Supervisor: Walt Feimer
Creative Director: Michael Lentz
Consulting Project Scientists: Dante Lauretta, Jason Dworkin
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is traveling 30 million miles from Earth to interact with ancient asteroid Bennu. Once nearby, OSIRIS-REx will survey Bennu’s surface and collect a sample in a unique approach and contact pattern. This sample of rock from Bennu’s surface will be stored in the spacecraft’s Sample Return Capsule, a detachable module that will be ejected from the spacecraft during its return.
Asteroid Bennu is an estimated 4.5 billion years old and may contain “organic molecules similar to those that could have played a role in the start of life on Earth” (Bennu In-Depth).