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  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx set for Earth flyby on way to Asteroid Bennu

    Ocean McIntyreSeptember 21st, 2017

    Traveling at a staggering 19,000 miles (30,758 km) per hour, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly past its homeworld on its way to the asteroid Bennu. The slingshot maneuver will provide the Lockheed Martin-built probe with a push to an inclination of six degrees – the angle that Bennu orbits the Sun – from Earth's orbital plane and onward to the rocky leftover from the Solar System's formation.

  • OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite to unveil the real nature of asteroid Bennu

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 4th, 2017

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way to uncovering the secrets of an intriguing carbonaceous asteroid named Bennu, which holds many clues about the formation of the Sun and planets. With the help of its imaging system, the probe is expected to deliver crucial insights into the real nature of this rocky body, improving our understanding of the evolution of the Solar System.

  • OSIRIS-REx begins search for Earth-Trojan asteroids

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 15th, 2017

    On Feb. 9, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft began searching for an elusive type of near-Earth object known as Earth-Trojan asteroids. The spacecraft, currently on a two-year outbound journey to the asteroid Bennu, will spend nearly two weeks looking for evidence of these small bodies.

  • OSIRIS-REx completes critical deep space maneuver

    Jason RhianJanuary 20th, 2017

    Tracking data provided by NASA's Deep Space network has confirmed that the agency's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is on course for its target – asteroid Bennu.

  • OSIRIS-REx begins hunt for elusive ‘Trojan’ asteroids

    Joe LatrellJanuary 7th, 2017

    After successfully launching in September of last year (2016), OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) has been given a new task – to hunt for "Trojan" asteroids that may pose a danger to Earth.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in good health after testing its thrusters

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 26th, 2016

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues its, so far, flawless journey to asteroid Bennu after successfully completing its first Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM-1) on Oct. 7. According to the mission’s Deputy Principal Investigator, the probe is currently in good health and all of its instruments are working properly.

  • OSIRIS-REx – the human factor

    Jim SiegelSeptember 28th, 2016

    While the world is frequently amazed at the powerful and precise equipment required to explore the cosmos, the technology would be useless without one particular asset – people.

  • Hayden Planetarium OSIRIS-REx presentation showcases visualization software

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 13th, 2016

    The American Museum of Natural History's (AMNH) Hayden Planetarium held a special presentation on Monday, Sept. 12, featuring visualizations of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid return mission using its new open source software.

  • SFI Video: To Bennu and back again – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx begins 7-year journey

    Jason RhianSeptember 11th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA successfully carried out the fourth flight of the "411" configuration of their Atlas V booster on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The oddly-arranged rocket lifted off at the very opening of a nearly two-hour long launch window at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT) with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

  • Photo Gallery: Launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

    Mike DeepSeptember 11th, 2016

    SpaceFlight Insider launch images from the flight of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 on Sept. 8, 2016.

  • ULA Atlas V sends OSIRIS-REx on its way toward asteroid Bennu

    Bart LeahySeptember 8th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The team for NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission cheered as a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 powered the asteroid explorer spaceward. Liftoff occurred on time at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex (SLC) 41 to send OSIRIS-REx into a hyperbolic orbit to catch up with the asteroid Bennu.

  • SFI Live: Launch coverage of ULA Atlas V with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

    Jason RhianSeptember 8th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is poised to launch Atlas V 411 rocket with NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe from Cape Canaveral's SLC-41 in Florida at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT) on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. SFI Live brings you directly to Cape Canaveral with our exclusive live webcast. Our show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT (22:30 GMT) direct from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The age of automated sentinels begins

    Alexis CreedySeptember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With NASA less than a day away from seeing their OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begin its voyage to asteroid Bennu, a brief review of some of the U.S. space agency's many robotic accomplishments is in order.

  • OSIRIS-REx bound for 4.5 billion mile journey for some priceless pebbles

    Jim SiegelSeptember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Thursday, September 8, 2016, NASA’s latest foray into space, a mission named OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled to launch from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While the objective of the mission might appear tiny, what the "might" possibly be is profound.

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission to launch Thursday

    Bart LeahySeptember 6th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA is all set to launch NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe atop tan Atlas V 411 rocket. The spacecraft will be sent to asteroid Bennu and spend a couple years there before descending to the surface of the small body to collect up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of samples.