OSIRIS-REx Mission

  • Primary aim of the mission is to study asteroid 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid.
  • NASA’s project
  • OSIRIS-Rex stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer.
  • OSIRIS-Rex will travel for two years on a journey to Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid about the size of a small mountain
  • It will return with dirt samples from Bennu to Earth
  • NASA scientists feel that the Bennu asteroid hold clues to the origin of the solar system and the source of water and organic molecules found on Earth
  • The spacecraft is scheduled to reach small, roundish asteroid in 2018 and return to Earth after collecting some of its gravels by 2023. It was launched in 2016.