On Aug. 17, 2018, OSIRIS-REx caught its first glimpse of Bennu and officially began approaching the asteroid. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive in early December and begin surveying the asteroid up close to reveal the secrets of the early Solar System. We're going in!
After traveling for nearly two years, OSIRIS-REx caught its first glimpse of its destination -- asteroid Bennu -- and officially began Asteroid Operations. Stay tuned over the next few months, as the spacecraft approaches and Bennu transforms from a dot in the distance into a whole new world to explore.
On Sept. 8, 2016, OSIRIS-REx launched on its seven year journey to return a sample from the asteroid Bennu. After three and half months of testing and final preparations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, OSIRIS-REx dazzled with a flawless departure on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:05 pm EDT.