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Impact craters in the boulders on asteroid Bennu allowed researchers to reconstruct the history of the near-Earth object in unprecedented detail.
NASA's UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft's Sample Return Capsule and its abundant sample of asteroid Bennu.
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully collected a large sample from the asteroid Bennu. But because some large pieces of rock are keeping the sample head from fully closing, the team has decided to expedite the stowing process.
Ten years after NASA selected UArizona to lead the OSIRIS-REx mission, the spacecraft successfully completed its most treacherous and rewarding task: sample collection.
Members of the UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission gathered at the university's Michael J. Drake Building to watch NASA's broadcast of the mission's Touch-and-Go sampling event.
NASA will make history on Oct. 20 by attempting to grab a sample from an asteroid. UArizona professor Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission, discusses the significance.
Here's what will happen on Oct. 20, when the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descends to asteroid Bennu to pick up a sample of pristine material from the formation of the solar system.