Introducing NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission: the Unofficial Comic Strip


Today, NASA will launch its asteroid-sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, from Cape Canaveral. (You can watch here.) It’s the beginning of a seven year-long mission for the spacecraft, during which it will execute a number of death-defying stunts–including a slingshot around Earth that will send it toward its target, the carbonaceous chondrite asteroid Bennu. NASA is prone to anthropomorphizing its rovers and spacefaring robots, so we decided to go a step further and make OSIRIX-REx (Rex, for short) the star of his own comic strip.