NASA Space Probe to Collect Asteroid Samples, Possible Clues to Life - NBCNews.com

NASA launched a spacecraft Thursday night on a seven-year mission to an asteroid in an attempt to unravel one of humanity's most fundamental questions: How did we get here? The space probe, named OSIRIS-REx, an acronym representing the various ...

NASA launches mission to study massive asteroid in hopes of preventing catastrophic collision in 2035 - National Post

NASA has launched the first ever mission to take samples from an asteroid in the hope of preventing the space rock having a catastrophic collision with Earth later this century. The asteroid Bennu, which measures about 500 metres across, is expected to ...

This Week at NASA: OSIRIS-REx Launches, NASA X-Plane and More - Space Ref (press release)

On Sept. 8, NASA launched the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid, ...

ICYMI: NASA is going to colonize a space rock - Engadget

Today on In Case You Missed It: Nasa launched the OSIRIS-Rex craft this week to begin its long and lonely mission to visit the Bennu asteroid. It'll return to Earth in seven years full of space rocks and hopefully nothing else. Meanwhile, Harvard ...

Canada's Flight Across the Solar System - Seeker

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will get more than a little help from the Canadian Space Agency when it reaches Asteroid Bennu in 2020. By Elizabeth Howell. September 10, 2016. 9:00 AM EDT. Share on Facebook · Tweet this article · Email. When NASA's new ...

NASA Has Sent A Spacecraft To Intercept An Asteroid Heading Towards The Earth. No, This Is Not A Sci Fi Movie! - Indiatimes.com

NASA has launched its first asteroid sampling mission, the Osiris-Rex, into space. Its main goal is to gather dirt and debris from the surface of an asteroid and return it to Earth by 2023 for further study.

NASA launches ambitious mission to sample asteroid Bennu - The Weather Network

With hundreds of asteroids out in space that could pose a danger to Earth, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is now on course for a 7-year mission to investigate one of the largest - 101955 Bennu. The data, and sample, the spacecraft returns promises to help ...

Atlas V rocket separates from Centaur upper stage - Cosmos

The first stage booster drops off as NASA's OSIRIS-REx heads towards its target asteroid Bennu. Share. Tweet. NASA. A camera on the Centaur upper stage captured the moment of first stage separation as NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource ...

'5...4...3...2...1...Go, OSIRIS-REx!' - UANews (press release)

Hundreds of people flocked to the University of Arizona on Sept. 8 to watch OSIRIS-REx blast off into space on a big screen set up in front of Old Main. The asteroid sample return mission lifted off from Florida as people on the UA Mall watched live ...

Bill Nye Helps Send NASA Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Off in Style - Space.com

Billy Nye and Mike Puzio demonstrate the special high-five they developed to honor NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling mission. Credit: Mike Wall, Space.com. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A few special guests showed up to see the launch of NASA's ...

OSIRIS-REx Is Headed for an Asteroid Encounter, Following 'Perfect' Launch - Discover Magazine (blog)

Smoke and fire covered the ground as the NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission launched into space. Blasting out of Earth's orbit on Thursday, the mission begins its two-year journey to sample an asteroid. It will be seven long years before the spacecraft returns ...

Asteroid mission successfully launched from Florida - CU Boulder News & Events

An Atlas V rocket carried the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft into space last night. A NASA mission involving CU Boulder was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 5:05 p.m. MDT last night and is on its way to explore an asteroid, setting the ...

NASA's latest mission may tell us whether asteroid mining is really a go - MINING.com

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will take samples of asteroid material and return it to Earth. (Image courtesy of NASA). The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched its first mission to take samples from an asteroid and return ...

NASA spacecraft Osiris-Rex begins 4-billion-mile trip to sample asteroid - Chicago Tribune

The first NASA explorer of its kind took off on a seven-year quest Thursday, chasing after a big, black, unexplored asteroid to gather a few handfuls of gravel for return to Earth. These bite-size bits of ancient space rock from asteroid Bennu could ...

How to Spot an Asteroid with Mobile Astronomy Apps - Space.com

As they orbit the sun, the larger asteroids in the main belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter can be viewed in backyard telescopes, if you know where to look. The SkySafari 5 app allows you to search for asteroids by name and display their ...

The Osiris-Rex Spacecraft Begins Chasing an Asteroid - New York Times

An Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Osiris-Rex spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday evening. Seven years from now, Osiris-Rex is scheduled to return to Earth with samples from an asteroid. Credit John Raoux/Associated Press. NASA's ...

Meet Osiris-Rex, the new probe launched by Nasa to uncover the mystery of our Solar System - New Statesman

On course for asteroid Bennu, Osiris-Rex hopes to return material that will explain the beginnings of our planets. Sign up for our weekly email *. By Hasan Chowdhury · Print HTML. Nasa has launched a new probe into space named Osiris-Rex following the ...

After a successful launch, OSIRIS-REx is headed for an asteroid encounter - Astronomy Magazine

The craft will scoop up a bit of asteroid and bring it back to Earth. By Nola Taylor Redd | Published: Friday, September 09, 2016. 20160907_105408. Nola Taylor Redd. Smoke and fire covered the ground as the NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission launched into ...

45th SW supports NASA's successful launch - Robins Rev Up

The 45th Space Wing supported NASA's successful launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Sept. 8, 2016. This is the first U.S. mission ...

Visit to 'Armageddon Asteroid' Could Save Future Earth from Impact - Space.com

An artist's impression of asteroid Bennu, the target of NASA's OSIRIS-REx sample return mission. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The asteroid-sample-return mission that launched into space ...