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OSIRIS-REx captures first images of asteroid Bennu

Osiris-REx, NASA's asteroid-sampling spacecraft, has captured its very first images of the deep-space target it’s currently hurtling toward — a nearly half-mile-wide space rock orbiting the Sun named Bennu.

After two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx closes in on asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has met another milestone in its seven-year mission. OSIRIS began its final approach toward the 1,650-foot-wide space rock on August 17, officially beginning its "asteroid operations" phase.

The race for asteroid-mining worth trillions is on

Space, the final frontier, is now being eyed by a new breed of space companies who want to boldly go where the big money reportedly can be found — in asteroids.

NASA's asteroid-sampling mission dependent on Canadian laser, OLA

At 7:05 p.m. EDT on Thursday, NASA will launch a rocket carrying OSIRIS-REx, a 6.2 meter (20.3 feet) spacecraft into the sky on an historic mission to bring back dust from the asteroid Bennu, and a Canadian instrument called OLA will play a key role.

Canadian Space Agency instrument to map Earth-destroying asteroid

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has provided NASA with a high-tech laser mapping system, known as OLA, that can provide 3D maps of the Earth-destroying asteroid Bennu.

NASA's asteroid sample mission gets go-ahead

Littleton - An innovative NASA space mission with the ambitious aim of collecting samples from an asteroid in 2018 was given the green light, Wednesday.

Asteroid mission offers (nominal) immortality for all

Tucson - NASA and the Planetary Society have issued a global invitation to individuals to have their names etched on a microchip that will be on board a spacecraft launching in 2016. The spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu two years later.

NASA mission to bring back asteroid samples

NASA announced it will launch an unmanned spacecraft on a four-year voyage to scoop up about 5 pounds of the 1999 RQ 36 asteroid and return the samples to Earth by 2023.
 

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A computer-generated illustration shows the likely shape of Bennu  a pristine carbonacous asteroid m...
A computer-generated illustration shows the likely shape of Bennu, a pristine carbonacous asteroid measuring about a third of a mile across. Bennu is the target of the UA-led OSIRIS-REx mission .
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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in December 2018.
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in December 2018.
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Artist s impression of NASA s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample spacecraft preparing to take a sample from ...
Artist's impression of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu for later return to and analysis on Earth.
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The public is invited to send their artwork into space on OSIRIS-REx in September  2016.
The public is invited to send their artwork into space on OSIRIS-REx in September, 2016.
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Artist’s conception of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during its Touch-and-Go sampling maneuver at Benn...
Artist’s conception of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during its Touch-and-Go sampling maneuver at Bennu.
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When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu  it will study the asteroid from a distance...
When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at asteroid Bennu, it will study the asteroid from a distance before swooping down and grabbing a sample. On board of the craft will be the names of everybody participating in the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign.
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