bennu

Mission to Bennu

The first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth, addressing multiple NASA Solar System Exploration objectives.

Get Involved
Get Involved

Our mission to Bennu is a very long ride. Join us along the way, and stay informed on all mission updates.

Team
Team

The OSIRIS-REx mission has a multi-generational team. Collaborators from institutions around the US and other countries contribute their expertise.

Q & A
Q & A

Want to know more about OSIRIS-REx? This is where you can find your answers, and if you don’t see your question - ask it!

Latest Updates

  • Bennu’s Journey Teaser

    Bennu’s Journey Teaser

    October 28, 2014

    In November, the OSIRIS-REx project will release a signature Goddard animation - Bennu's Journey. In advance, check out the trailer and download wallpapers and posters. Check in here frequently for new content, and after November 18, links to download the movie.

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  • Asteroid Time Capsule

    Asteroid Time Capsule

    September 5, 2014

    The OSIRIS-REx team invites the public to send messages in a time capsule aboard their spacecraft launching in 2016. The mission will collect short statements and images about Solar System exploration – today and predictions for the next decade – to seal in a time capsule. After the spacecraft travels to Bennu and back, mission managers will open the time capsule in 2023 to check on the predictions.

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  • OSIRIS-REX CANADIAN TEAM, LIDAR WILL STUDY BENNU GEOLOGY

    OSIRIS-REX CANADIAN TEAM, LIDAR WILL STUDY BENNU GEOLOGY

    June 30, 2014

    When Arizona planetary scientists were planning an asteroid sample-return mission, they looked to Canada for a special instrument and expertise for studying the geology of their target asteroid, 101955 Bennu.

    NASA selected OSIRIS-REx as a mission of its New Frontiers Program in May 2011, and in doing so, Canada became a partner in an international mission to return an extraterrestrial sample to Earth.

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