NASA spacecraft makes historic attempt to snag samples of asteroid Bennu

For the first time ever, a NASA probe has performed a sample-snagging operation on an asteroid in deep space. The agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft spiraled down to the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 20) to grab material that mission team members hope harbors clues about the solar system’s early days and the […]

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx just tried to grab a piece of the asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is a cosmic rock collector. Cheers erupted from mission control at 6:12 p.m. EDT on October 20 as scientists on Earth got word that the spacecraft had gently nudged a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu, and grabbed some of its rocks to return to Earth. “The spacecraft did everything it was supposed to […]

NASA is about to play ‘tag’ with asteroid Bennu: Here’s how it will work.

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft will “TAG” asteroid Bennu Tuesday (Oct. 20) and collect a sample for return to Earth.  OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s first asteroid-sampling spacecraft. The “touch-and-go” (TAG) sample collection attempt involves a series of maneuvers that will bring the spacecraft down to the asteroid’s surface. The location selected for touchdown is called Nightingale, which is […]