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News Archive / Tagged: Asteroid Bennu

  • Who needs the Guardians of the Galaxy when we have OSIRIS-REx?

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 10th, 2018

    Last week, a spacecraft arrived at one of the smallest objects ever visited by a NASA mission after a multi-billion mile journey around the Solar System.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘All systems go’ for OSIRIS-REx launch in September

    Bart LeahyAugust 18th, 2016

    Program managers from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team provided a status update at a public briefing on the agency’s $800 million mission to launch a spacecraft to asteroid Bennu and return with samples in 2023. Dwayne Brown from NASA's Office of Communications summarized the status by saying, "All systems are go for a launch on Sept. 8 in Florida."

  • OSIRIS-REx to include planetary defense science, student experiment

    Bart LeahyJuly 29th, 2016

    When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launches on Sept. 8, it will include five instruments for examining the 1,640-foot (500-meter) diameter asteroid Bennu, including an X-ray spectrometer built by students at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • OSIRIS-REx arrives at Cape Canaveral

    Larry KlaesMay 23rd, 2016

    The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) planetoid and surface sample return probe is one step closer to the celestial object known as 101955 Bennu with its delivery to Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, May 20.

  • Spectrometer delivered for NASA’s asteroid sample return mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 14th, 2015

    NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is taking shape as an instrument that will explore the surface of an asteroid, has arrived at Lockheed Martin for installation onto the spacecraft.