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This artist’s concept shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approaching the asteroid Bennu. NASA

NASA spacecraft gets up close with an asteroid that could one day collide with Earth

NASA spacecraft gets up close with an asteroid that could one day collide with Earth Image of Bennu from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona Kathryn Harriss, University of Kent NASA’s spacecraft OSIRIS-REx has finally reached the asteroid 101955 Bennu – which may be on…

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image taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows Bennu in one full rotation from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). The spacecraft’s PolyCam camera obtained the thirty-six 2.2-millisecond frames over a period of four hours and 18 minutes. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona

OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu

OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu After traveling through space for more than two years and over two billion kilometers, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at its destination, asteroid Bennu, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The spacecraft will spend almost a year surveying the asteroid with…

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Illustration of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine. Credits: University of Arizona

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes First Asteroid Approach Maneuver

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes First Asteroid Approach Maneuver NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-1) today putting it on course for its scheduled arrival at the asteroid Bennu in December. The spacecraft’s main engine thrusters fired in a braking maneuver designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to…

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On Aug. 17, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft obtained the first images of its target asteroid Bennu from a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.2 million km), or almost six times the distance between the Earth and Moon. Bennu is visible as a moving object against the stars in the constellation Serpens. Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign After an almost two-year journey, NASA’s asteroid sampling spacecraft, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), caught its first glimpse of asteroid Bennu last week and began the final approach toward its target. Kicking off the mission’s asteroid operations campaign on Aug.…

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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in 2018. Credit: NASA

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu OSIRIS-REx is continuing outbound cruise operations, en route to arrival in August of 2018 at the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft is currently 29.6 million miles (47.6 million kilometers) from Earth and is executing a program designed to study and reduce the presence…

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This artist's concept shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passing by Earth. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona

NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth

NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth NASA’s asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer), will pass about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) above Earth just before 12:52 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22. Using Earth as a slingshot, the spacecraft will receive…

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OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Benn on a sample return mission Credits: NASA

NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission

NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft…

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