United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.
The Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS REx) mission will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth and will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.
Prior to landing, the agency will host a media call to provide a status update Participants include: - Lori Glaze, Director Planetary Sciences Division, - Rich Burns, project manager, NASA’s Goddard - Sandra Freund,program manager, Lockheed Martin - Nicole Lunning, curation lead - Dante Lauretta, principal investigator
The first asteroid sample collected in space and brought to Earth by the United States will be unveiled at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston News conference participants include: - NASA Administrator Bill Nelson - Francis McCubbin, deputy curation lead - Daniel Glavin, sample analysis lead - Dante Lauretta, principal investigator