Sample

Solar System

First Look at Material from Asteroid Bennu on the Ground

The Osiris-REX sample collection team reveals the first look at material collected from the asteroid Bennu.

Bennu sample return capsule on the ground in the desert, red-white parachute behind

Solar System

Osiris-REX Capsule Returns Samples of Asteroid Bennu to Earth

Samples taken from the asteroid Bennu are now safely on Earth.

A diamond-shaped grey asteroid with ridges, holes, and craters in it, against a black background

Solar System

Rubble-Pile Asteroid Bennu Has Layers

The asteroid Bennu is a so-called rubble pile, but new results from NASA's OSIRIS-Rex mission indicate this heap of rubble has layers.

A diamond-shaped grey asteroid with ridges, holes, and craters in it, against a black background

Space Missions

Asteroid Bennu Almost Swallowed Spacecraft Whole

Scientists knew the asteroid Bennu was likely a rubble pile rather than solid rock, but OSIRIS-REX's recent visit surprised them in showing just how loosely the asteroid really is.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA's Osiris-REX Has Stowed Its Bite Out of Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s Osiris-REX successfully stowed its sample of Bennu's regolith, collected earlier this week. Images show a good haul.

Image of Bennu

Solar System

Osiris-REX Finds Hints of Past Water on Asteroid Bennu

The NASA spacecraft detected signs of hydrated minerals on Bennu's surface, suggesting that the asteroid's larger parent body once hosted liquid water.

Bennu

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Osiris-REX Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

NASA's ambitious Osiris-REX mission will now spend the next couple years surveying Bennu before attempting to return a sample to Earth.

osiris-rex

Space Missions

Osiris-REX to Fly by Earth on Friday

NASA's ambitious Osiris-REX asteroid sample return mission swings by Earth this Friday for a gravity assist en route to asteroid 101955 Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx launch

Space Missions

Osiris-REX is Bound for Asteroid Bennu

NASA's Osiris-REX spacecraft launched successfully from Cape Canaveral on September 8th and is headed to asteroid Bennu for a dramatic sample return mission.