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  • OSIRIS-REx’s Final Asteroid Observation Run

    OSIRIS-REx’s Final Asteroid Observation Run
    April 1, 2021 -
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is on the brink of discovering the extent of the mess it made on asteroid Bennu’s surface during last fall’s sample collection event. On Apr. 7, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will get one last close encounter...

  • OSIRIS-REx to Fly a Farewell Tour of Bennu

    OSIRIS-REx to Fly a Farewell Tour of Bennu
    February 8, 2021 -
    On April 7, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will give asteroid Bennu one last glance before saying farewell. Before departing for Earth on May 10, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will perform a final flyby of Bennu – capturing its last images of...

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure
    January 26, 2021 -
    On May 10, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will say farewell to asteroid Bennu and begin its journey back to Earth. During its Oct. 20, 2020, sample...

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Successfully Stows Sample of Asteroid Bennu

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Successfully Stows Sample of Asteroid Bennu
    October 29, 2020 -
    NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft’s Sample Return Capsule (SRC) and its abundant sample of asteroid Bennu. On...

  • OSIRIS-REx in the Midst of Stow

    OSIRIS-REx in the Midst of Stow
    October 28, 2020 -
    Yesterday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission successfully placed the spacecraft’s sample collector head into its Sample Return Capsule (SRC). The first image shows the collector head hovering over the SRC after the Touch-And-Go Sample...

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Goes for Early Stow of Asteroid Sample

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Goes for Early Stow of Asteroid Sample
    October 26, 2020 -
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early stow on Tuesday, Oct. 27, of the large sample it collected last week from the surface of the asteroid Bennu to protect and return as much of the sample as possible. On Oct....

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid Bennu

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid Bennu
    October 23, 2020 -
    Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements –...

  • OSIRIS-REx TAGS Asteroid Bennu

    OSIRIS-REx TAGS Asteroid Bennu
    October 21, 2020 -
    Captured on Oct. 20, 2020 during the OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this series of images shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid...

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Successfully Touches Asteroid

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Successfully Touches Asteroid
    October 20, 2020 -
    NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and...

  • WATCH: OSIRIS-REx Sample Collection Activities

    WATCH: OSIRIS-REx Sample Collection Activities
    October 14, 2020 -
    NASA will broadcast coverage of a first for the agency as its Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission attempts to collect a sample of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at...