NASA spacecraft OSIRIS-REx set to start mission at asteroid Bennu

Asteroid 101955 Bennu

OSIRIS-REx will attempt to bring samples back from asteroid Bennu

NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

“Bennu or bust” is one of the slogans of the OSIRIS-REx mission, and “bust” is officially off the table. On 3 December, the NASA spacecraft will arrive at its destination, the asteroid Bennu, after a two billion kilometre journey that took about two years.

“This is a milestone for our spacecraft team, because now we’re not just approaching Bennu, closing in on it, we’re at a part of the mission where we need to think about how we’re going to manoeuvre around the object,” …

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