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Post by Dragon Tue May 18, 2021 3:21 am

On May 10, 2021, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes; this burn thrust the spacecraft away from the asteroid Bennu at 1,000 kmh (600 mph), setting it on a 2.5-year cruise towards Earth.

“OSIRIS-REx’s many accomplishments demonstrated the daring and innovate way in which exploration unfolds in real time,” said Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters.

“The team rose to the challenge, and now we have a primordial piece of our Solar System headed back to Earth where many generations of researchers can unlock its secrets.”

After orbiting the Sun twice, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is due to reach Earth on September 24, 2023.


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OSIRIS-REx Is On Its Way Back to Earth with Sample of Asteroid Bennu’s Regolith Image_9646-Bennu
Image credit: NASA / NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center / University of Arizona.

This image of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu was captured on April 9, 2021, by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.


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OSIRIS-REx has imaged Bennu in higher resolution than we have Earth and our own Moon.

Since its arrival at the asteroid on Dec. 3, 2018, the spacecraft has discovered boulders the size of buildings, and imaged the surface down to 5 centimeter-per-pixel resolution.

Its cameras captured stunning footage of the sample collection event on Oct. 20, 2020.

OSIRIS-REx imaged Bennu for the last time on April 7, 2021, and will return to Earth in 2023 with samples it collected from the asteroid's surface.


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