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NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return

August 13, 2019

After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample…
NASA Invites Public to Help Asteroid Mission Choose Sample Site

May 23, 2019

Citizen scientists assemble! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu needs extra pairs of eyes to help choose…
NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

March 20, 2019

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023…
A Region of Bennu’s Northern Hemisphere Close Up

March 17, 2019

This trio of images acquired by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows a wide shot and two close-ups of a…
OSIRIS-REx Debuts New Bennu Mosaic, 3D Shape Model

December 12, 2018

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the…
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Already Discovers Water on Asteroid

December 11, 2018

Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

December 4, 2018

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at…
Taking the measure of an asteroid

December 4, 2018

CU Boulder scientists have a front row seat today to observe a NASA spacecraft as it arrives at…
We are at Bennu! What’s Next?

November 29, 2018

The UA-led OSIRIS-REx mission kicks into high gear while the spacecraft is on its final approach, closing in…
This image shows the OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) sampling head extended from the spacecraft at the end of the TAGSAM arm. The image was obtained by the SamCam camera on Nov. 14, 2018 as part of a visual checkout of the spacecraft’s sample acquisition system. This is a rehearsal image for an observation that will be taken at Bennu during the moment of sample collection to help document the asteroid material collected in the TAGSAM head. There are two witness plate assemblies on the top perimeter of the TAGSAM head, one of which is entirely visible in this image. These witness plates record the deposition of material on the TAGSAM head over the duration of the mission, giving scientists a record of material on the TAGSAM head that is not from Bennu. Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
TAGSAM Testing Complete: OSIRIS-REx Prepared to TAG an Asteroid

November 20, 2018

On Nov. 14, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stretched out its robotic sampling arm for the first time in space.…
OSIRIS-REx Captures ‘Super-Resolution’ View of Bennu

November 2, 2018

This “super-resolution” view of asteroid Bennu was created using eight images obtained by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Oct.…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Executes First Asteroid Approach Maneuver

October 3, 2018

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-1) today putting it on course for its scheduled…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign

August 28, 2018

After an almost two-year journey, NASA’s asteroid sampling spacecraft, the  Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx),…
OSIRIS-REx Captures First Glimpse of Asteroid Bennu

August 26, 2018

Using its multipurpose camera designed at the UA, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft spied its target asteroid for the first…
OSIRIS-REx Sends Home an Image of the Earth and Moon

February 21, 2018

On September 8th. 2016, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) launched from Earth to…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Captures New Earth-Moon Image

February 15, 2018

As part of an engineering test, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using…
Here’s the Earth and Moon Seen from OSIRIS-REx

January 5, 2018

On September 8th, 2016, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission was launched into…
UA in the Running for a New NASA Mission

December 22, 2017

NASA has chosen a planetary mission involving a team from the University of Arizona as one of two…
Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

December 12, 2017

OSIRIS-REx is continuing outbound cruise operations, en route to arrival in August of 2018 at the asteroid Bennu.…
Earth to OSIRIS-REx Cameras: I’m Ready for My Close-Up

October 5, 2017

On Sept. 22, OSIRIS-REx soared under the South Pole, coming within 10,600 miles of Earth before using the…
NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth

September 1, 2017

NASA’s asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer), will pass…
OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Search Tests Instruments

March 25, 2017

During an almost two-week search, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team activated the spacecraft’s MapCam imager and scanned part of…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search

February 10, 2017

A NASA spacecraft begins its search Thursday for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids.…
Surveying the Scenery 90 Million Miles From Earth

February 10, 2017

A NASA spacecraft has begun its search for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids.…
Successful Deep Space Maneuver for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

January 18, 2017

New tracking data confirms that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aced its first Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28,…
Searching for Trojan Asteroids, Earth’s Unseen Companions

December 14, 2016

The University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will take advantage of its two-year outbound cruise to the asteroid Bennu…
NASA Mission to Search for Rare Asteroids

December 13, 2016

NASA’s first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth will be multitasking during its two-year…
NASA Scientists see Asteroid through the Eyes of a Robot

December 8, 2016

Retrieving an asteroid sample is no easy task. Doing the job blindfolded is even more challenging. That’s why…
For a Glimpse of the Stone Age, Some Cutting-Edge Tech

November 23, 2016

Some 10,500 years ago, hunters gathered each year near the Beaver River in what is now western Oklahoma.…
NASA Tests Thrusters on Journey to Asteroid Bennu

October 9, 2016

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM) thrusters for the first time Friday in order to…
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