Sampling Success: OSIRIS-REx Successfully Gathers Bennu Regolith for Asteroid Sample Return

Bill Jelen

October 21, 2020

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"...I dreamed of an array of Bennu regolith floating around me." - Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx

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A full-scale engineering model of OSIRIS-REx's TAGSAM collector, used to gather samples from the surface of asteroid Bennu.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

OSIRIS-REx To Attempt TAG of Asteroid Bennu

Asteroid Bennu will have its "close encounter" with OSIRIS-REx on October 20, 2020, as the spacecraft makes contact and collects samples for study back on earth.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, October 18, 2020.  Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space

SpaceX Continues Starlink Launch Program

SpaceX's 14th overall launch of Starlink satellites lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on October 18, 2020.

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A fictional asteroid punches into Earth’s atmosphere at 38,000 miles per hour in the IMAX® filmAsteroid Hunters.© 2020 IMAX Corporation

IMAX Asteroid Hunters Premieres at KSC Visitor Center

A new 3-D IMAX film detailing NASA's asteroid detection efforts debuts at the KSC Visitor Center.

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Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft lift off from Launchpad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia on October 2, 2020.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

Cygnus 'Kalpana Chawla' launches from Virginia

Northrop Grumman's fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission lifts off from Wallops Island, delivering close to 8,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and consumables to the International Space Station.

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