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January 1, 2019 2:19 AM A NASA Spacecraft Has Set Records After Entering Orbit Around an Asteroid

(LAUREL, Md.) — A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across 87

June 27, 2018 4:16 PM Space 'dumpling' rendezvous: Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrives at asteroid Ryugu

Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) image of Ryugu, photographed at 12:50 p.m. (JST), June 26, 2018. (Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST) After a journey of almost 2 billion miles, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft 147

June 20, 2018 2:38 PM Space 'dumpling' looms into view as spacecraft prepares for asteroid rendezvous

The “dumpling-shaped” asteroid Ryugu is looming into view of Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft as it prepares to rendezvous with the space rock. Launched on Dec. 3, 2014, Hayabusa 2’s goal is to retrieve samples from Ryugu. The BBC reports that the unmanned spacecraft should arrive at its ‘home position’ 20 km (12.4 miles) from the asteroid around June 27. During 123

September 9, 2016 11:12 AM 'Exactly Perfect!' NASA Hails Asteroid Sample-Return Mission's Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on its way toward an intriguing asteroid named Bennu, and Dante Lauretta couldn't be happier. Lauretta, the mission's principal investigator, said he was on pins and needles leading up to Thursday evening's (Sept. 8) launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here. But everything went off without 50

September 9, 2016 9:48 AM NASA's Bold Asteroid Sampling Mission Launches

The US space agency's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday (Sept. 8) at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT), riding a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket into an evening sky suffused with golden light. "Liftoff for OSIRIS-Rex, its seven-year mission to boldly go to the asteroid Bennu and back," NASA spokesman Mike Curie 55

September 9, 2016 8:02 AM NASA spacecraft blasts off to collect asteroid dust

The US space agency launched its first mission to collect dust from an asteroid, the kind of cosmic body that may have delivered life-giving materials to Earth billions of years ago. The unmanned spacecraft, known as OSIRIS-REx, blasted off at 7:05 pm (23:05 GMT) atop an Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. "As the spacecraft soared high above 56

September 9, 2016 1:16 AM OSIRIS-REx probe launched to asteroid in compelling search for the origins of life

CAPE CANAVERAL — Like reaching back in time to examine the conditions that existed in the ancient solar system, NASA today launched a robotic probe to visit Asteroid Bennu and return an unspoiled sample of the primitive body that may hold the seeds of life. “We’re going to an asteroid that represents the first building blocks of the planets in our solar 83

September 8, 2016 11:37 PM Next Stop, Bennu! NASA Launches Bold Asteroid-Sampling Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's bold mission to bring pieces of an asteroid down to Earth has taken flight. The agency's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here today (Sept. 8) at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT), riding a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket into an evening sky suffused with golden light. "Liftoff for OSIRIS-Rex 78

September 8, 2016 6:11 PM Did Asteroid Strikes Help Spur Life on Earth?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft is about to launch toward an asteroid whose cousins may have sparked the rise of life on Earth long ago. The OSIRIS-REx probe is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT) Thursday (Sept. 8), kicking off a two-year journey to a 1,640-foot-wide (500 meters) asteroid 61

September 8, 2016 11:45 AM NASA set to launch near-Earth asteroid mission

WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA is poised Thursday to launch its groundbreaking first mission to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples that could shed light on the dawn of the solar system. Scientists hope the seven-year, $800 million mission will reveal something about the origins of the Bennu asteroid and of life itself. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft 63