We're adding to our space rock collection this week! On Oct. 20, our @OSIRISREx spacecraft will touch down in an area the size of a few parking spots on the surface of asteroid Bennu. How it'll go #ToBennuAndBack to collect a sample of material:
TAG! We're it! Just released: new @OSIRISREx views from yesterday as our spacecraft touched the surface of asteroid Bennu for about six seconds, and used its robotic arm to attempt to collect a sample of rocks & dust: #ToBennuAndBack
"Maybe one more time - it's just so cool. I must have watched it about a hundred times last night." - @OSIRISREx principal investigator Dante Lauretta of @UALPL reveals the first images from the spacecraft's TAG of asteroid Bennu yesterday. #ToBennuAndBack
"We're going in." "Touchdown declared. Sampling is in progress." @OSIRISREx touched the surface of asteroid Bennu to capture rocks & dust with its robotic arm. After this brief TAG (Touch-And-Go maneuver), it will fire thrusters to back away to a safe distance. #ToBennuAndBack
🌟(BOOP) SUCCESS🌟 After over a decade of planning & countless hours of teamwork, we are overjoyed by the success of @OSIRISREx 's attempt to touch down on ancient asteroid Bennu. What's next for the mission: 📸: @LockheedMartin
"Sample collection is complete." "All right! We're on our way back!" After a TAG (Touch-And-Go) maneuver to capture a sample, our @OSIRISREx spacecraft fired its thrusters to back away from asteroid Bennu’s surface and navigate to a safe distance away. #ToBennuAndBack
Hello, asteroid Bennu! Our spacecraft flew over 2 billion miles to meet you. Here, the spacecraft's camera captures a full rotation of the asteroid. OSIRIS-REx will study Bennu for almost a year & prepare to collect and return a sample to Earth.