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Here’s what NASA’s asteroid probe did to space rock Bennu

April 15th, 2021

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe is now in a holding pattern after a lengthy mission that visited the space rock known as Bennu. The probe is still in the vicinity of the asteroid that it sampled many months ago, and before it heads back to drop off its sample containers, NASA did a close flyby of …

NASA’s asteroid probe will be headed home soon with precious cargo on board

January 27th, 2021

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu for many months now. The spacecraft successfully gathered samples from the massive asteroid and will return that material to Earth so scientists can study it. NASA just announced its timeframe for departing from the asteroid. Despite a global pandemic dramatically changing the …

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NASA’s asteroid probe grabbed so much material it was ‘overflowing’

October 30th, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is going even better than scientists thought, and the asteroid probe collected so much material that its handlers sped up the timeline to ensure they bring as much back to Earth as possible. The sampling arm was literally “overflowing” with material from the asteroid, NASA says. Eventually, the spacecraft will head back …

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NASA grabbed a bunch of space rock material, and that’s awesome

October 26th, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down on the asteroid called Benny last week, and we now know that it grabbed enough material to consider that operation a success. The sample will now be stowed away for the trip back to Earth. It will be a couple of years before the spacecraft makes it back to …

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This video from NASA’s asteroid probe is stunning

October 22nd, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe performed its Touch-And-Go maneuver on the space rock Bennu days ago. The new video shows the probe slapping the surface of the asteroid and kicking up material with its gas jet. Eventually, the prob will bring asteroid material back to Earth, but that won’t be for another couple of years. It’s …

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Watch as NASA samples an asteroid for the first time

October 21st, 2020

NASA is finally ready to command its OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe to grab a sample of the space rock Bennu. The maneuver will be performed this evening, and NASA will live stream the operation. Because of the distance from Earth, live streaming from the probe itself won’t be possible. It’s been many months since NASA’s OSIRIS-REx …

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NASA’s asteroid probe just found something unexpected

September 21st, 2020

Scientists studying the asteroid Bennu have discovered parts of a different asteroid on its surface. Bennu has chunks of the asteroid Vesta on its surface, and researchers can only guess as to how they got there. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting Bennu for months. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has been orbiting the large space …

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Can NASA’s asteroid probe grab a sample without being destroyed?

August 13th, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe just nailed its second trial run for a sample collection attempt in October. The goal is to obtain samples from the surface of the asteroid Bennu and then return them to Earth. The spacecraft has been in orbit around Bennu for many months and has sent back some great photos already. …

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NASA gets up close and personal with space rock Bennu

June 8th, 2020

NASA’s asteroid sampling OSIRIS-REx probe took a dive toward one of its sample collection sites and sent back a gorgeous image. The site is called Osprey, and it’s a backup for the probe if the primary site, Nightingale, doesn’t work out. The probe will carry out its sampling maneuver in August. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe …