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BENNU’S JOURNEY - Early Earth

This is an artist's concept of the young Earth being bombarded by asteroids. Scientists think these impacts could have delivered significant amounts of organic matter and water to Earth.

 

Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

 

The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -- Regolith Explorer spacecraft (OSIRIS-REx) will travel to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu, and bring a sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

 

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for launch in late 2016. As planned, the spacecraft will reach its asteroid target in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

 

Watch the full video: youtu.be/gtUgarROs08

 

Learn more about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and the making of Bennu’s Journey: www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/bennus-journey/

 

More information on the OSIRIS-REx mission is available at:

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/osiris-rex/index.html

www.asteroidmission.org

 

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Uploaded on November 18, 2014