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  • NASA Selects Participating Scientists to Join OSIRIS-REx Mission

    NASA Selects Participating Scientists to Join OSIRIS-REx Mission
    December 8, 2017 -
    NASA has selected 13 participating scientists for the agency’s first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer). The goal of the...

  • OSIRIS-REx Images Earth and the Moon in Color

    OSIRIS-REx Images Earth and the Moon in Color
    October 10, 2017 -
        This color composite image of Earth and the Moon was taken Oct. 2, 2017 (ten days after OSIRIS-REx performed its Earth Gravity Assist maneuver), using MapCam, the mid-range scientific camera onboard the spacecraft....

  • OSIRIS-REx Images the Moon

    OSIRIS-REx Images the Moon
    October 3, 2017 -
    Three days after its Earth flyby, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft examined the Moon using its high-resolution PolyCam imager. This image was produced using data taken Sept. 25, when the spacecraft was approximately 746,000 miles (1.2 million...

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Snaps Pictures of Earth and the Moon

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Snaps Pictures of Earth and the Moon
    September 28, 2017 -
    The first image taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft after completion of its Earth Gravity Assist maneuver on Sept. 22, 2017, cropped to show in greater detail the spacecraft’s view of Earth from 69,000 miles (110,000 kilometers)....

  • OSIRIS-REx Views the Earth During Flyby

    OSIRIS-REx Views the Earth During Flyby
    September 26, 2017 -
    A color composite image of Earth taken on Sept. 22 by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. This image was taken just hours after the spacecraft completed its Earth Gravity Assist at a range of approximately 106,000...

  • NASA’S OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Slingshots Past Earth

    NASA’S OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Slingshots Past Earth
    September 22, 2017 -
    NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. At 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins,...

  • Large Binocular Telescope Snags First Glimpse of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Since Launch

    Large Binocular Telescope Snags First Glimpse of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Since Launch
    September 8, 2017 -
    This set of magnified, cropped images shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft (highlighted in red) as it approaches Earth for its Sept. 22 Earth Gravity Assist. To improve visibility, the images have been inverted so that black and white are...

  • Spot the Spacecraft

    Spot the Spacecraft
    September 6, 2017 -
    On Sept. 22, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will make a close approach to Earth, using the planet’s gravity to slingshot itself toward the asteroid Bennu. Over the course of several days, observatories and amateur astronomers with...

  • NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth

    NASA’s Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
    August 31, 2017 -
    NASA’s asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer), will pass about 11,000 miles (17,000 kilometers) above Earth just before 12:52 p.m. EDT on...

  • NASA’s Asteroid Sample Return Mission Successfully Adjusts Course

    NASA’s Asteroid Sample Return Mission Successfully Adjusts Course
    August 25, 2017 -
    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft, which is on a two-year outbound journey to asteroid Bennu, successfully performed a precision course...

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