Success! NASA's OSIRIS-REx 'Touches' Asteroid Bennu, Gathers Samples for Return to Earth in 2023

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx collecting a sample from Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

History was made yesterday as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx became the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully retrieve a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid, which will be later returned to Earth.

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OSIRIS-Rex Prepares to Land on Asteroid Bennu October 20

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx collecting a sample from Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

In less than a couple weeks from now, on Oct. 20, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx will become the space agency’s first mission to obtain samples from an asteroid – Bennu – that will then be returned to […]

Rubins, Crewmates Primed for Six-Month ISS Expedition (Part 1)

Birthday girl @Astro_Kate7, plus #SoyuzMS17 crewmates Sergei Ryzhikov & Sergei Kud-Sverchkov are primed to launch to @Space_Station on Wednesday, 14 October. […]

Kate Rubins Prepares for Birthday Ride to Space Station

When @Astro_Kate7 launches to the @Space_Station on Wednesday, she’ll become only the 5th American (and 1st woman) to ride a rocket to space on her birthday. […]

NG-14 Cygnus Arrives at Space Station, Ahead of Expedition 64 Launch Next Week

@NorthropGrumman’s #NG14 #Cygnus cargo ship arrived at @Space_Station early Monday, fully laden with radish plants, night repair serum & a new toilet. […]

Scrub Week Continues, Antares Launch Now NET Friday Night

@NorthropGrumman’s #Antares must wait until 9:16 p.m. EDT Friday for launch, after GLS issue in final minutes of #NG14 countdown. […]

Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich Ready for Shipping, Ahead of November Launch

@AirbusSpace is ready to ship #Sentinel6 ocean-watching satellite from Munich to California this week, ahead of 10 Nov @SpaceX launch. […]

Life on Venus? How Rocket Lab, Breakthrough Initiatives & NASA Plan to Find Out

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket ‘It’s Business Time’ on the pad at LC-1. Rocket Lab wants to use this rocket to launch a Photon probe to Venus as soon as 2023. Photo Credit: Kieran Fanning

Last Monday, an international team of scientists announced one of the most intriguing discoveries in space to date: the molecule […]

Blue Origin Completes SRR, Works 'Seamlessly' Towards Human Lunar Return

@BlueOrigin, @DraperLab, @NorthropGrumman & @LockheedMartin have completed critical System Requirements Review (SRR) for their #NationalTeam Human Landing System (HLS) concept. […]

Ride 'Em, Cowboy: Remembering Gemini XI, OTD in 1966 (Part 2)

As @NASA_SLS prepares to send humans beyond Earth orbit next year, AmericaSpace looks back at #GeminiXI which retains the record for the highest-flying non-lunar mission with a human crew. […]