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NASA Spacecraft Makes First Touchdown On Asteroid Bennu

Washington: After over a decade of planning, a NASA spacecraft made history after it successfully touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from its surface. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm on Tuesday in an attempt to collect the sample from asteroid Bennu, which is […]

NASA spacecraft's first orbit around asteroid Bennu breaks record

Washington: Breaking a space exploration record on New Year’s Eve, NASA’s first asteroid-sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, entered into orbit around the Bennu, making it the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Inching around the asteroid at a snail’s pace, OSIRIS-REx’s first orbit marks a leap for humankind. Never before has a spacecraft from […]

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NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu

Washington: NASA’s first spacecraft sent to collect sample from an asteroid has found water locked inside asteroid Bennu — a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system. Launched in September 2016, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, […]

NASA spacecraft on course to reach asteroid Bennu on Dec 3

Washington: A NASA spacecraft designed to bring a small sample from asteroid Bennu to Earth is on course to arrive at its destination on December 3, the US space agency has said. Launched in September 2016, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has been slowly approaching Bennu, NASA said on Thursday. […]

NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft flies by Earth

Washington: NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft flew past Earth on Friday on its way to asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 17,237 km of Antarctica at 12.52 pm EDT (10. 22 pm India time) on Friday, just south of […]