NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample

After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and…

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Leaves its Mark on Asteroid Bennu

Where thrusters fired against the surface, substantial mass movement is apparent. Multiple sub-meter boulders were mobilized by the plumes into a campfire ring–like shape — similar to rings of boulders…

Touching Down on Asteroid Bennu

Bennu, a well-preserved, ancient asteroid, is currently more than 200 million miles (321 million kilometers) from Earth and offers scientists a window into the early solar system as it was…

One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu

On Aug. 11, the mission will perform its “Matchpoint” rehearsal – the second practice run of the Touch-and-Go (TAG) sample collection event.

Bennu’s Boulders Shine as Beacons for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

From NASA This summer, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will undertake NASA’s first-ever attempt to touch the surface of an asteroid, collect a sample of it, and safely back away. But since…