The OSIRIS-REx Mission to Asteroid Bennu
Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study. The mission launched Sept. 8, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As planned, the spacecraft will reach Bennu in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.
Greg Cermak is a Software Engineer, NASA Solar System Ambassador, and a Science Speaker/Writer.