• 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
  • SpaceWrap: Showtime for OSIRIS-REx

    Plus more about the Moon, Betelgeuse and GCs.

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is ready for business. When it descends toward the surface of Bennu next Tuesday, it wil...

    Astronomy October 16, 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
  • 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
  • OSIRIS-Rex marks its spot

    NASA decides exactly where on Bennu the sample-seeking mission will land.

    And the nominations are: the four possible landing sites that made the short list.CREDIT: NASABy Richard A LovettNASA...

    Space December 15, 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
  • Asteroid Bennu is flinging rocks into space

    OSIRIS-Rex’s target turns out to be very rare, and very active, posing problems for the mission. ...

    Asteroid 101955 Bennu, which NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission has been orbiting since 31 December 2018, keeps ...

    Space March 19, 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
  • Hello, Bennu!

    NASA mission sends back first picture after two year journey.

    This is an image of the asteroid Bennu, its first portrait taken by NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission when it finally reached...

    Space November 2, 2018
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