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The Next 10 Years

The Planetary Society • March 10, 2020

Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.

The Downlink: Mars Rover Unpacked in Florida, New Data from Search for Life

The Planetary Society • February 21, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Crew Dragon Completes Crucial Test, More Mars Mole Problems

Jason Davis • January 24, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: OSIRIS-REx Sample Site Picked, Easy-Access Water Ice on Mars

Jason Davis • December 13, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: ExoMars Rover Testing, Bennu's Mysterious Particle Ejections

Jason Davis • December 06, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: NASA Works to Save Mars Experiment, Saturn Gets 20 New Moons

Jason Davis • October 11, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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.

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