Selected scientific publications from the mission. Links are provided for open-access articles and collection landing pages.


Special Collections

Particle ejection from the surface of Bennu (JGR Planets/Earth and Space Science, 2020)

“First look” results from OSIRIS-REx arrival at Bennu (Nature Astronomy/Nature Geoscience/Nature, 2019)

Spacecraft, payloads, and mission overview (Space Science Reviews, 2017–2018)


Asteroid Encounter Science

Barnouin, O. S. et al. (2019). Shape of (101955) Bennu indicative of a rubble pile with internal stiffness. Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0330-x.

Barucci, M. A. et al. (2020). OSIRIS-REx spectral analysis of (101955) Bennu by multivariate statistics. Astronomy & Astrophysics doi:10.1051/0004-6361/202038144

Bennett, C. A. et al. (2020). A High-Resolution Global Basemap of (101995) Bennu. Icarus doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2020.113690.

Bottke, W. F. et al. (2020). Interpreting the Cratering Histories of Bennu, Ryugu, and Other Spacecraft-explored Asteroids. The Astronomical Journal doi:10.3847/1538-3881/ab88d3.

Bottke, W. F. et al. (2020). Meteoroid Impacts as a Source of Bennu’s Particle Ejection Events. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019JE006282.

Chesley, S. R. et al. (2020). Trajectory estimation for particles observed in the vicinity of (101955) Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019JE006363.

DellaGiustina, D. N. & Emery, J. P. et al. (2019). Properties of rubble-pile asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx imaging and thermal analysis. Nature Astronomy doi:10.1038/s41550-019-0731-1.

DellaGiustina, D.N., Kaplan, H.H., et al. (2020). Exogenic basalt on asteroid (101955) Bennu. Nature Astronomy doi:10.1038/s41550-020-1195-z.

Enos, H. L. & Lauretta, D. S. (2019). A rendezvous with asteroid Bennu. Nature Astronomy doi:10.1038/s41550-019-0739-6.

Golish, D. R. et al. (2020). Disk-Resolved Modeling and Photometric Properties of Asteroid (101955) Bennu. Icarus doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2020.113724.

Hamilton, V. E. et al. (2019). Evidence for widespread hydrated minerals on asteroid (101955) Bennu. Nature Astronomy doi:10.1038/s41550-019-0722-2.

Hergenrother, C. W. et al. (2019). Operational environment and rotational acceleration of asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx observations. Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09213-x.

Hergenrother, C. W. et al. (2020). Introduction to the Special Issue: Exploration of the Activity of Asteroid (101955) Bennu, JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2020JE006549.

Hergenrother, C. W. et al. (2020). Photometry of particles ejected from active asteroid (101955) Bennu, JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2020JE006381.

Jawin, E. R. et al. (2020). Global Patterns of Recent Mass Movement on Asteroid (101955) Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2020JE006475.

Lauretta, D. S. & DellaGiustina, D. N. et al. (2019). The unexpected surface of asteroid (101955) Bennu. Nature doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1033-6.

Lauretta, D. S., Hergenrother, C. W. et al. (2019). Episodes of particle ejection from the surface of the active asteroid (101955) Bennu. Science doi:10.1126/science.aay3544.

Leonard, J. et al. (2020). Initial Orbit Determination and Event Reconstruction from Estimation of Particle Trajectories about (101955) Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019EA000937.

Liounis, A. et al. (2020). Autonomous Detection of Particles and Tracks in Optical Images. Earth and Space Science doi:10.1029/2019EA000843.

McMahon, J. W. et al. (2020). Dynamical Evolution of Simulated Particles Ejected from Asteroid Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019JE006229.

Michel, P., Ballouz, R.-L. et al., Collisional formation of top-shaped asteroids and implications for the origins of Ryugu and Bennu. Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16433-z.

Molaro, J. L. et al. (2020). In situ evidence of thermally induced rock breakdown widespread on Bennu’s surface. Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16528-7.

Molaro, J. L. et al. (2020). Thermal fatigue as a driving mechanism for activity on asteroid Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019JE006325.

Pelgrift, J. Y. et al. (2020). Reconstruction of Bennu Particle Events from Sparse Data. Earth and Space Science doi:10.1029/2019EA000938.

Rizos García, J. L. (2020). Caracterización espectral de la superficie del asteroide (101955) Bennu a través del conjunto instrumental OCAMS de la sonda OSIRIS-REx [Spectral characterization of the surface of asteroid (101955) Bennu using OCAMS on-board the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft], PhD thesis, University of La Laguna & Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.

Rozitis, B. et al. (2020). Implications for ice stability and particle ejection from high‐resolution temperature modeling of asteroid (101955) Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019JE006323.

Scheeres, D. J. et al. (2019). The dynamic geophysical environment of (101955) Bennu based on OSIRIS-REx measurements. Nature Astronomy doi:10.1038/s41550-019-0721-3.

Scheeres, D. J. et al. (2020). Particle Ejection Contributions to the Rotational Acceleration and Orbit Evolution of Asteroid (101955) Bennu. JGR Planets doi:10.1029/2019JE006284.

Walsh, K. J. et al. (2019). Craters, boulders and regolith of (101955) Bennu indicative of an old and dynamic surface. Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0326-6.


Outbound Cruise Science

Doelling, D. et al. (2019). Inter-calibration of the OSIRIS-REx NavCams with Earth-viewing imagers. Remote Sensing doi:10.3390/rs11222717.

Rizk, B. et al. (2019). OSIRIS-REx Low-Velocity Particles During Outbound Cruise. Advances in Space Research doi:10.1016/j.asr.2018.08.020.

Sandford, S. A. et al. (2019). Outgassing from the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule: characterization and mitigation. Acta Astronautica doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.07.043.

Simon, A. A. et al. (2019). OSIRIS-REx visible and near-infrared observations of the Moon. Geophysical Research Letters doi:10.1029/2019GL083341.


Spacecraft, Payload, Mission & Methods

Barnouin, O.S. et al. (2020). Digital terrain mapping by the OSIRIS-REx mission. Planetary and Space Science doi:10.1016/j.pss.2019.104764.

Bierhaus, E.B. et al. (2018). The OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft and the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM). Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0521-6.

Bos, B.J. et al. (2018). Touch And Go Camera System (TAGCAMS) for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.  Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0465-2.

Bos, B.J. et al. (2020). In-Flight Calibration and Performance of the OSIRIS-REx Touch And Go Camera System (TAGCAMS). Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-020-00682-x.

Christensen, P.R. et al. (2018). The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES) Instrument. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0513-6.

Daly, M.G. et al. (2017). The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) Investigation and Instrument. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0375-3.

DellaGiustina, D.N. et al. (2018). Overcoming the Challenges Associated with Image‐Based Mapping of Small Bodies in Preparation for the OSIRIS‐REx Mission to (101955) Bennu. Earth and Space Science doi:10.1029/2018EA000382.

Dworkin, J.P. et al. (2018). OSIRIS-REx Contamination Control Strategy and Implementation. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0439-4.

Golish, D.R. et al. (2020). Ground and In-Flight Calibration of the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-019-0626-6.

Kaplan, H. H. et al. (2020). Visible–Near Infrared Spectral Indices for Mapping Mineralogy and Chemistry with OSIRIS-REx, Meteoritics and Planetary Science doi:10.1111/maps.13461.

Lauretta, D.S. et al. (2017). OSIRIS-REx: Sample Return from Asteroid (101955) Bennu. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0405-1.

Masterson, R.A. et al. (2018). Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) Aboard the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0483-8.

McMahon, J.W. et al. (2018).  The OSIRIS-REx Radio Science Experiment at Bennu. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0480-y.

Reuter, D.C. et al. (2018). The OSIRIS-REx Visible and InfraRed Spectrometer (OVIRS): Spectral Maps of the Asteroid Bennu. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0482-9.

Rizk, B. et al. (2018). OCAMS: The OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-017-0460-7.

Rizos, J. L. et al. (2019). Spectral clustering tools applied to Ceres in preparation for OSIRIS-REx color imaging of asteroid (101955) Bennu. Icarus doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.03.007.

Seabrook, J.A. et al. (2019). Global shape modeling using the OSIRIS-REx scanning laser altimeter. Planetary and Space Science doi:10.1016/j.pss.2019.07.003.

Simon, A.A. et al. (2018), In-Flight Calibration and Performance of the OSIRIS-REx Visible and IR Spectrometer (OVIRS). Remote Sensing doi:10.3390/rs10091486.

Williams, B. et al. (2018). OSIRIS-REx Flight Dynamics and Navigation Design. Space Science Reviews doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0501-x.

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