What's Next as OSIRIS-REx Approaches Asteroid Bennu

Bill Jelen

August 27, 2018

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After travelling for over 23 months, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has begun an approach phase to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu. Here are key milestones between now and the December 31, 2018 orbital insertion around Bennu:

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Shots from the OSIRIS-REx launch, launched by United Launch Alliance at 7:05pm (ET) on September 8, 2016 from LC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station / Kennedy Space Center.

Successful Milestone: OSIRIS-REx Takes Its First Photo of Asteroid Bennu

Launched on September 8, 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft began its approach phase to asteroid Bennu on August 17, 2018. The photograph shows Bennu as a point of light and was taken from 1,358,459 miles away.

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Three Goals of the Parker Solar Probe.  Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space

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