NASA to launch delicate stowing of OSIRIS-REx asteroid samples

Osiris-Rex is on a mission that scientists hope will help unravel the origins of our solar system, but that hit a snag after it picked up too big of a sample from an asteroid NASA’s robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is set to begin on Tuesday a delicate operation to store the precious particles it scooped up […]

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft goes for early stow of asteroid sample

This illustration shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stowing the sample it collected from asteroid Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. The spacecraft will use its Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) arm to place the TAGSAM collector head into the Sample Return Capsule (SRC). Credit: NASA/University of Arizona, Tucson NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early […]

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collects significant amount of asteroid — ScienceDaily

Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements — acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s surface material. The spacecraft captured images of 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’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touches asteroid — ScienceDaily

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. This well-preserved, ancient asteroid, known as Bennu, is currently more than 200 million miles […]

Watch live as the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft snags a chunk of asteroid

Four years ago, NASA launched its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Two years ago, the spacecraft finally reached its target of the carbon-rich, Earth-adjacent asteroid Bennu. Today, OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) will fulfill its original mission and collect a rock and dust sample of at least two ounces from the […]