Bennu

  • Bits of big asteroid found on small one

    NASA’s Bennu sampling mission may be a twofer.

    Scientists poring over images from the asteroid 101955 Bennu, now being orbited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, have...

    Astronomy October 30, 2020
  • What happens when you hit an asteroid

    OSIRIS-REx shows how to collect samples at a distance.

    NASA has just released this short video of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s brief but all important contact with the aster...

    News October 22, 2020
  • Poised and ready for a date with Bennu

    OSIRIS-REx has hopes, dreams and contingency plans.

    The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is poised to make a daring landing on asteroid 101955 Bennu, briefly touching down in a tin...

    News October 20, 2020
  • The complex history of asteroid Bennu

    OSIRIS-REx sends back enough data for six studies.

    The more scientists learn about near-Earth asteroid Bennu, now being orbited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, the mor...

    Astronomy October 9, 2020
  • SpaceWatch: A matter about dark matter

    Active Bennu and hot moons, but no aliens.

    Dark matter theories may lack somethingAstronomers suspect something is missing in current theories of how dark m...

    Astronomy September 12, 2020
  • Bennu in unprecedented detail

    It’s the highest resolution image ever of a planetary body.

    This global map of the asteroid Bennu is a mosaic of 2155 PolyCam images stitched together and corrected.They wer...

    Astronomy March 24, 2020
  • Now that's an active asteroid

    OSIRIS-Rex catches Bennu throwing rocks around.

    View of Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on 6 Jan 2019, created by combining two images taken by the navigat...

    Space December 5, 2019
  • NASA calls citizen scientists to help with asteroid landing

    Mission controllers hope many eyes will make OSIRIS-Rex touchdown safer. Andrew Masterson reports.

    NASA is turning to citizen science to ensure the success of its OSIRIS-Rex mission, which centres on the asteroid Ben...

    Space Exploration May 23, 2019
  • Space agency ups risk of asteroid-Earth collision

    Assessment pushes new rock up the danger list, but possibility remains very remote.

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="882"] A close-up of Bennu's North Pole region, captured by Osiris Rex in Dece...

    Space February 6, 2019
  • Bennu and Ryugu: a tale of two asteroids

    Comparing and contrasting two worldlets is already proving valuable – and may kickstart the space...

    Successful Japanese and US space missions have given space scientists a unique opportunity to study two near-Earth as...

    Space December 17, 2018
  • On a rock two million kilometres away, water

    NASA’s voyage to asteroid Bennu produces early results. Andrew Masterson reports.

    Bennu, up close and personal.CREDIT: NASA/GODDARD/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONAJust days after successfully reaching its targ...

    Space December 10, 2018
  • Two billion kilometres later, OSIRIS-Rex reaches Bennu

    NASA’s mission completes half its two-way journey. Andrew Masterson reports.

    NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft ...

    Space December 4, 2018
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