A NASA mission to return samples from one near Earth asteroid will get an extended mission to visit a second asteroid under a plan approved by the agency April 25.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will make one final close approach to the asteroid it collected samples from next week before heading back to Earth.
The leaders of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission are confident that the spacecraft collected material from the surface of the asteroid Bennu during a touch-and-go (TAG) maneuver Oct. 20.
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.