The OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) measures visible and infrared light from Bennu. OVIRS is sensitive from blue through near-infrared wavelengths, spanning 0.4 to 4.3 microns. OVIRS will split the light received from Bennu into its component wavelengths, much like a prism can split sunlight into a visible rainbow. Since different chemicals have unique spectral signatures, they can be identified this way. OVIRS will provide spectral maps that identify mineral and organic material globally and of candidate sample sites. It will also gather local spectral information of candidate sample sites.
OVIRS was developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The OVIRS team is led by Dennis Reuter (Instrument Scientist, GSFC), Amy Simon (Deputy Instrument Scientist, GSFC), and Jason Hair (Instrument Manager, GSFC).
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