An Atlas 5 successfully launched a NASA mission to visit a near Earth asteroid and return samples of it to Earth Sept.8.
NASA said Sept. 1 that the launch of an asteroid sample return mission from Florida remained on schedule for next week despite the explosion of SpaceX Falcon 9 at a neighboring launch pad.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid spacecraft was installed on its launch vehicle Monday.
A spacecraft that will fly NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission arrived in Florida May 20 to begin final preparations for its September launch.
NASA’s Osiris-Rex will now undergo five months of testing to ensure it is space worthy.
The head of NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sample-return probe plans to crowdfund a public outreach budget for the mission on Kickstarter by selling a card game in which players compete to build their own space missions.