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Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA Announces Site of Sample Selection for Osiris-REX

NASA has picked the "Nightingale" site, located within a small crater on the asteroid Bennu, for its Osiris-REX mission to sample next year.

bennu activity

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Asteroid Bennu’s Activity Still a Mystery

The near-Earth asteroid constantly shoots out rocks, leaving planetary scientists perplexed.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA Selects Final Four Asteroid Landing Sites for Osiris-REX

The Osiris-REX spacecraft will sample one of four sites on the asteroid Bennu in July 2020.

Asteroid Bennu

Solar System

Bumpy Road Ahead For NASA’s Osiris-REX

Asteroid Bennu is turning out to be a hazardous place for the NASA spacecraft to sample: It has uneven, rugged terrain and occasionally even hurls rocks into space.

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

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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.

Asteroid Bennu

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Osiris-REX's First Views of Asteroid Bennu

NASA's Osiris-REX asteroid sample return mission spies target Bennu for the first time. Now the spacecraft is setting up for its close approach in December.

OSIRIS-REX's view of Earth

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Osiris-REX Images Earth During Flyby

The asteroid-bound Osiris-REX mission took time during last Friday's gravity assist maneuver to look back at its homeworld.

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Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

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

Spacecraft and 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.

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