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OSIRIS-REx probe spots asteroid hurling chunks

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted something that hasn’t been seen up close on an asteroid before: plumes of particles erupting into space. The mission’s scientists shared pictures of the plumes as well as the unexpectedly rugged terrain on the asteroid, known as … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx enters close orbit around asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft today maneuvered into an orbit that takes it within 4,000 feet of the surface of Bennu, a diamond-shaped asteroid that’s 70 million miles from Earth. The orbit sets a record for interplanetary travel. The quarter-mile-wide asteroid is … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx probe detects water on asteroid Bennu

Just one week after the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s official arrival at the asteroid Bennu, the mission’s scientists have announced a significant find: Water appears to be locked inside the diamond-shaped mini-world’s clay minerals. Two scientific instruments — known as the OSIRIS-REx Visible … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx probe reaches asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx today made its official rendezvous with a promising and potentially perilous asteroid named Bennu, after two years of closing in on it. “We have arrived,” telecommunications engineer Javi Cerna announced during a NASA webcast from mission control at Lockheed … Continue reading

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Asteroid probe sees a diamond in the sky

Two years after its launch, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is closing in on a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu and sending back pictures that provide one gem of a 360-degree view. On Nov. 2, OSIRIS-REx captured imagery over the course of a four-hour, 11-minute period … Continue reading

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New Horizons and OSIRIS-REx spot their targets

The next few months are due to bring two amazing interplanetary encounters: a rendezvous with an asteroid and a flyby past a mysterious icy object beyond Pluto on the solar system’s edge. Over the past few days, we’ve gotten our … Continue reading

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