NASA Johnson Space Center
B31 Asteroid Advanced Curation Facility
The Lyndon B Johnson Space Complex Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office, part of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division, is responsible for the curation of extraterrestrial samples from NASA's past and future sample return missions. Their mission includes the documentation, preservation and preparation of samples from the Moon, asteroids, comets, solar wind, and the planet Mars with a top priority to secure the future availability of these samples for the worldwide scientific community.
This NASA project includes renovations to portions of the first and second floor of the NASA Johnson Space Complex (JSC) Building 31 to provide clean room facilities for the storage and study of asteroid samples. Existing offices, a conference room, and equipment labs were demolished and replaced with new offices and a new conference room, clean rooms, and circulation space.
This is a key facility for the OSIRIS-REx program. The OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid study and sample-return mission. The mission's primary goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 grams from 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid, and return the sample to Earth for a detailed analysis.