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    Atlas V OSIRIS-REx rocket cam

    Published on Sep 8, 2016

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    First U.S. Sample Return mission to an asteroid launches

    Published on Sep 8, 2016

    On Sept. 8, NASA launched the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at near-Earth asteroid Bennu in 2018, survey the asteroid’s surface, retrieve at least 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of surface material, and return the sample to Earth in 2023 for study. Analysis of the sample will reveal the earliest stages of the solar system’s evolution and the history of Bennu over the past 4.5 billion years.

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    Post launch status of Asteroid Sample Return Mission

    Published on Sep 8, 2016

    Following the Sept. 8 launch of the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, representatives from NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) discussed the status of the spacecraft and the next steps on the mission. OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at near-Earth asteroid Bennu in 2018, survey the asteroid’s surface, retrieve at least 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of surface material, and return the sample to Earth in 2023 for study. Analysis of the sample will reveal the earliest stages of the solar system’s evolution and the history of Bennu over the past 4.5 billion years.

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    OSIRIS-REx Launch Highlights Reel from ULA

    Published on Sep 10, 2016

    From rocket roll-out to spacecraft separation: United Launch Alliance produced a beautiful highlights reel of the OSIRIS-REx launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sept. 8, 2016. The spacecraft is on a seven-year mission to collect a sample of the ancient asteroid Bennu.

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    OSIRIS-REx's Sample Return Capsule Comes Back to Earth

    Published on Sep 23, 2016

    This animation shows the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule (SRC)--which will contain a sample of surface material from the asteroid Bennu--being released from the spacecraft and landing in the Utah desert. The SRC will land on Sept. 24, 2023, marking the completion of a seven-year mission. The pristine sample will allow generations of scientists to study the materials present in our early solar system.

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    Published on Oct 25, 2016

    After a year orbiting the sun, OSIRIS-REx will make a flyby of Earth in September 2017. Earth's gravitational field will pull the spacecraft towards the planet where it can "borrow" a small amount of Earth's orbital energy. This additional energy is used to increase OSIRIS-REx's orbital inclination and sling it into space for a rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu.

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    Does Earth have Trojan Asteroids? OSIRIS-Rex is searching

    Published on Feb 9, 2017

    In February 2017, NASA's OSIRS-REx mission will begin searching for Earth's Trojan Asteroids. Trojan asteroids are common at the L4 and L5 Lagrange points of other planets, but Earth's Trojan asteroids are difficult to detect from Earth, since they appear close to the Sun. So far, 2010 TK7 is the only confirmed Earth trojan. Jim Green, the Director of Planetary Science at NASA, is explaining how OSIRS-REx mission will search for trojan asteroids on its way to asteroid Benu.

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    How and Why Is NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Visiting Asteroid Bennu?

    Published on Dec 3, 2018

    On Dec. 3, 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target, near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Here, the team explains mission goals and the process of approach and rendezvous. OSIRIS-REx will study Bennu for two years before collecting a sample to return to Earth.

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    OSIRIS-Rex arrived at asteroid Bennu

    Published on Dec 3, 2018

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu on 3 December 2018. OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) is the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid (near-Earth asteroid Bennu), retrieve surface material and return it to Earth for study in September 2023. The spacecraft was launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 configuration rocket from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 8 September 2016, at 23:05 UTC (19:05 EDT).

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