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For media support regarding the O/OREOS nanosatellite, please contact:

Rachel Hoover
O/OREOS Mission Management and Mission Control
Office of Public Affairs
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
650-604-0643
rachel.hoover@nasa.gov


Joe Davidson
Office of Public Affairs
Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base
310-653-2370
joseph.davidson@losangeles.af.mil

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    O/OREOS Reaches Orbit, Begins Astrobiology Experiments

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – The Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, nanosatellite managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, successfully launched at 5:25 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, from Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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NASA Nanosatellite Celebrates 100 Days In Space ...

O/OREOS nanosatellite
03.02.11

More than one hundred days ago, on Nov. 19, 2010, NASA sent a small satellite about the size of a loaf of bread on an important mission to answer astrobiology’s fundamental questions about the ...

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O/OREOS Reaches Orbit, Begins Astrobiology Experiments

Image of Orion
11.23.10

The Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, nanosatellite managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, successfully launched at 5:25 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, from Alaska ...

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NASA Nanosatellite Studies Life in Space, Demonstrates ...

Artist's conception of complex organic molecules
11.18.10

NASA is preparing to fly a small satellite about the size of a loaf of bread that could help answer astrobiology’s fundamental questions about the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the ...

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O/OREOS Nanosatellite

    Artist rendering of the O/OREOS nanosatellite
    A computer-generated image of the O/OREOS nanosatellite.
    Image Credit: NASA Ames. Click image for full-resolution.

    Introduction
    NASA’s Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, nanosatellite is about the size of a loaf of bread, weighs approximately 12 pounds and has two experiments that will activate once it reaches low Earth orbit, more than 400 miles above Earth. The O/OREOS nanosatellite is a secondary payload on a multi-spacecraft mission that will launch into orbit on a United States Air Force Minotaur IV rocket from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The mission is named STP-S26, after the twenty-sixth small launch vehicle mission of the Department of Defense Space Test Program managed by the Space Development and Test Wing, a unit of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, that is operated out of Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

    The Small Spacecraft Division at Ames manages the O/OREOS payload and will provide mission operations from the mission control center at Ames with the professional support of staff and students from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.

    Mission Overview
    The overall goal of the O/OREOS mission is to demonstrate capability to conduct low-cost science experiments on autonomous nanosatellites in space in support of the Astrobiology Small Payloads program under the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA’s Headquarters. Scientists will apply the knowledge they gain from O/OREOS to plan future experiments in the space environment to study how exposure to space changes organic molecules and biology. These experiments will help answer Astrobiology’s fundamental questions on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe.

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