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OSIRIS-REx Team Picks 4 Candidate Sample Sites on Asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • August 15, 2019

The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.

OSIRIS-REx Sets Low-Orbit Record, Enters New Orbital B Mission Phase

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2019

Last week, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission announced that they had achieved an orbit above asteroid Bennu with an altitude of only 680 meters. Now they are surveying for landing sites and have invited the public's help.

Here's a Roundup of Recent OSIRIS-REx Postcards from Bennu

Jason Davis • May 15, 2019

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently sweeping arcs between the asteroid's north and south poles.

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space

Jason Davis • March 19, 2019

The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.

Fun With a New Data Set: The OSIRIS-REx Earth Flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2019

The OSIRIS-REx team recently issued their first data release to the Planetary Data System. This release doesn’t include any closeup pictures of asteroid Bennu, but it does include all the pictures they took during their September 2017 Earth flyby.

OSIRIS-REx stable in Bennu orbit, team refines sample collection plans

Jason Davis • January 30, 2019

The team has yet to find a Bennu sample site that matches their pre-arrival expectations, meaning their plans will probably have to change.

News brief: OSIRIS-REx arrives in orbit at Bennu

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2018

Today at 19:43 UTC, OSIRIS-REx entered orbit at asteroid Bennu. In so doing, it accomplished both the tightest orbit (at an altitude under 2 kilometers) and the orbit of the smallest object ever. UPDATE: Early science results from OSIRIS-REx discussed at New Horizons MU69 flyby event.

News brief: OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu

Jason Davis • December 10, 2018

OSIRIS-REx team members held a press briefing today at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting, and announced that the mission has already found water on asteroid Bennu.

"We have arrived!" OSIRIS-REx is officially at asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • December 03, 2018

After a 2-billion-kilometer journey that began in September 2016, NASA's OSIRS-REx spacecraft has arrived at Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx and New Horizons catch first sight of their targets

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2018

Both OSIRIS-REx and New Horizons achieved first light on their still-distant targets this week. Between now and the end of 2018, Bennu and 2014 MU69 will turn from points of light into places.

What's the benefit of sample return?

Jason Davis • July 05, 2018

With Hayabusa2 at Ryugu and OSIRIS-REx closing on Bennu, it's the summer of sample return. Why do scientists go to so much trouble for a piece of a another world?

Get ready for OSIRIS-REx at Bennu! ...but be patient.

Emily Lakdawalla • June 12, 2018

NASA's OSIRIS-REx will get the first sight of its target Bennu in August and go into orbit in December.

OSIRIS-REx shows us space isn't entirely empty

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2018

What a cool photo of OSIRIS-REx's sample return capsule! But wait, what's that black dot near the top?

Earth flyby tests OSIRIS-REx's cameras

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2017

As expected, OSIRIS-REx's Earth flyby on September 22 was a success. The mission is slowly releasing beautiful images of our home worlds taken by its many cameras following the flyby.

OSIRIS-REx Earth flyby: What to Expect

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2017

OSIRIS-REx launched on September 8, 2016. Now, a year later, it's returning to its home to get a second boost on to its destination, the asteroid Bennu. It'll test all its cameras on Earth and the Moon in the 10 days after the flyby.

Want NASA to pick your space mission proposal? Two winning scientists share some tips

Jason Davis • February 09, 2017

NASA is currently accepting proposals for its next New Frontiers-class planetary science mission. What does the agency look for in a winning proposal? The two scientists behind the ORISIS-REx and Psyche missions share some tips.

Spaceflight in 2017, part 2: Robots beyond Earth orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2016

What's ahead for our intrepid space explorers in 2017? It'll be the end of Cassini, but not before the mission performs great science close to the rings. OSIRIS-REx will fly by Earth, and Chang'e 5 will launch to the Moon, as a host of other spacecraft continue their ongoing missions.

OSIRIS-REx’s cameras see first light

Emily Lakdawalla • September 29, 2016

As OSIRIS-REx speeds away from Earth, it’s been turning on and testing out its various engineering functions and science instruments. Proof of happy instrument status has come from several cameras, including the star tracker, MapCam, and StowCam.

OSIRIS-REx blazes into evening sky, starting journey to asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • September 08, 2016

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is safely en route to asteroid Bennu following an evening liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Carrying names of 440,000 well-wishers, OSIRIS-REx ready for journey to Bennu and back

Jason Davis • September 07, 2016

OSIRIS-REx is ready to begin its journey to Bennu and back. The asteroid was named by a Planetary Society contest winner, and the spacecraft bears the names of 440,000 well-wishers.

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