OSIRIS-REx was in for some surprises as it orbited the asteroid Bennu. The small heavenly body doesn’t only have a more rugged terrain than anticipated, it is also throwing particle plumes.
Space March 20, 2019
On Dec. 31, NASA reached another milestone after the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of Bennu 70 million miles away from Earth. The asteroid is now the smallest celestial body to be orbited by a spacecraft.
Space January 2, 2019
Latest images from OSIRIS-REx spectrometers confirmed preliminary projections of Bennu’s size, rotation rate, and shape. Traces of hydroxyls were also found on the asteroid’s surface, suggesting that it might have landed on water.
Space December 13, 2018
NASA will provide a live broadcast of OSIRIS-REx's arrival at Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid. The probe will survey the space rock and collect samples from its surface before it voyages back to Earth.
Space December 3, 2018
Painting the surface of asteroid Bennu may protect Earth from a potential impact by the year 2135. Here's how paint could prevent an asteroid collision.
Space March 23, 2018
NASA is working on a spacecraft named HAMMER that may save the world from a possible asteroid crash. To change the path of the asteroid, HAMMER will either crash into it or nuke it.
Space March 11, 2018
NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-REx with the Bennu asteroid mission will be doing a cop’s job for 10 days from Feb. 9 by searching for asteroids that share an orbit with Earth.
Space February 4, 2017
There are literally thousands of asteroids that NASA could have chosen for the Osiris-REx mission, but the agency picked Bennu. Here's why.
Space September 7, 2016
NASA announced on Thursday, Sept. 1, that it will push through with the scheduled launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission next week. The space probe is set to travel to a near-Earth asteroid in order to collect organic-rich samples.
Space September 3, 2016
Asteroid Bennu has an exceptionally low chance of hitting the Earth, and even if it does, it will do far less damage than what most reports would have you believe.
Space August 2, 2016
The unmanned OSIRIS-REx will gather soil from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. Bennu is a NEO that may potentially hit and destroy Earth more than 100 years from now.
Space August 1, 2016
The asteroid Bennu will soon be visited by the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx, which recently arrived at the Kennedy Space Center. How could this mission trigger a new gold rush in space?
Space May 22, 2016
Not all of us can fly out to space but human talent can definitely reach greater heights. Here are the types of artworks you can send to Asteroid Bennu this September via NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
Space February 22, 2016
The asteroid Bennu will soon be visited by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in an effort to understand the origins of the solar system and life on Earth. Now, NASA wants artists to send in artwork for the historic mission.
Space February 20, 2016
A team of Canadian scientists created a new device known as the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter that is capable of producing 3D models of asteroid surfaces. The laser altimeter will be included in NASA's planned Osiris mission to the Bennu asteroid in 2016.
Space December 19, 2015
After studying rare meteorites on Earth, scientists discovered new building blocks of our solar system's birth, sulfide chondrules, that provide proof of a previously unknown region in the rotating gas disk known as the protoplanetary disk.
Space March 16, 2015
The first asteroid sample mission in history is scheduled for launch in 2016. Now, the plan just needs a spaceship. Here's what's coming...
Space April 13, 2014