May 21, 2020
After more than a decade of work and much anticipation, the UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will swipe a sample from the asteroid Bennu's rocky surface in October.
April 21, 2020
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft got within 200 feet of the asteroid Bennu during a practice run for the NASA mission. The spacecraft will grab a sample from Bennu's surface in late summer.
Dec. 12, 2019
The OSIRIS-REx mission team evaluated four candidate sites and identified site Nightingale as the best option for the sample collection, with site Osprey named as the backup.
Dec. 5, 2019
NASA's OSIRIS-REx science team has identified three possible explanations for the particles that asteroid Bennu is consistently tossing into space.
Aug. 13, 2019
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped Bennu to identify the best spots for the spacecraft to collect a sample. The final two sites – a primary and backup – will be selected in December.
March 19, 2019
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's first close-up observations of asteroid Bennu reveal new details that pose a challenge to the mission's objective of returning a sample to Earth.
Dec. 31, 2018
On December 31, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
Dec. 10, 2018
Systems engineering and mathematics double major Keara Burke is helping NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft find the perfect place to collect samples on the asteroid Bennu.
Dec. 10, 2018
Observations made by the spacecraft during its approach of Bennu reveal that the asteroid interacted with water in its early history and is an excellent specimen for the mission, which is slated to return a sample of surface material to Earth in 2023.