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Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid to Investigate Origin of our Solar System

December 3, 2018 7:26 pm Categorised in:

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft rendezvoused with asteroid, Bennu, on Monday, Dec. 3.

OSIRIS-REx launched in September 2016 and has been slowly approaching Bennu. The spacecraft will spend almost a year surveying the asteroid with five scientific instruments with the goal of selecting a location that is safe and scientifically interesting to collect the sample of the asteroid. OSIRIS-REx will return the sample to Earth in September 2023.