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Scientists say asteroids Bennu and Ryugu may have formed from a direct collision in space
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Scientists say asteroids Bennu and Ryugu may have formed from a direct collision in space

Both asteroids are small fragments re-accumulated to form an aggregate body and may have formed from the same original shattered parent body.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft gets extra time to prepare for it long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft gets extra time to prepare for it long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu

The spacecraft will attempt its first sample collection on 20 October and is equipped to do it three times if necessary.

NASA locks down four potential landing sites on asteroid Bennu to collect samples
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NASA locks down four potential landing sites on asteroid Bennu to collect samples

The collection of samples is slated for 2020, with the spacecraft expected to return by September 2023.

NASA wants you to help it map asteroid Bennu's surface for landing OSIRIS-REx spacecraft
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NASA wants you to help it map asteroid Bennu's surface for landing OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

The rocky surface of the asteroid has surprised scientists, they need help finding the perfect landing spot for OSIRIS-REx.

Deadly asteroids headed for Earth are very difficult to detect — here's why
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Deadly asteroids headed for Earth are very difficult to detect — here's why

An asteroid exploded in the sky & crashed into the ocean a year ago — and we found out just recently.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission finds asteroid Bennu spinning faster and faster over time
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission finds asteroid Bennu spinning faster and faster over time

Asteroid Bennu's rotation period is getting shorter by roughly one second every 100 years.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx enters asteroid Bennu's orbit in milestone, record for the mission
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx enters asteroid Bennu's orbit in milestone, record for the mission

After studying Bennu for a year, OSIRIS-REx will give it a 'gentle high-five' in 2020 for a sample.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx finds tiny asteroid Bennu rich in moisture, scattered with rocks
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx finds tiny asteroid Bennu rich in moisture, scattered with rocks

Scientists think Bennu is a leftover from the beginning of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe finds evidence of water on its target asteroid Bennu
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe finds evidence of water on its target asteroid Bennu

We targeted Bennu precisely because we thought it had water-bearing minerals: OSIRIS-REx mission lead.

NASA spacecraft designed to bring samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth on course
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NASA spacecraft designed to bring samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth on course

The NASA mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began.

NASA's OSIRIS-Rex captures snap of ancient asteroid, headed closer for a sample
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NASA's OSIRIS-Rex captures snap of ancient asteroid, headed closer for a sample

The mission aims to bring back the biggest sample of asteroid ever, roughly 60 grams.

OSIRIS-REx, NASA's asteroid hunting spacecraft flew past the Earth, coming within 17,237 km of Antarctica
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OSIRIS-REx, NASA's asteroid hunting spacecraft flew past the Earth, coming within 17,237 km of Antarctica

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently on a seven-year journey to rendezvous with, study, and return a sample of Bennu to Earth. This sample of a primitive asteroid will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago.

NASA's asteroid hunting OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to make a close flyby of Earth at 30,758 kph
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NASA's asteroid hunting OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to make a close flyby of Earth at 30,758 kph

The Earth's gravity will fling the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, travelling at a staggering speed of 19,000 miles (30,758 km) per hour.

Nasa begins hunt for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroid
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Nasa begins hunt for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroid

A NASA spacecraft has started searching for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids.

Nasa's Osiris-REx spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu successfully executes first deep space maneuver
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Nasa's Osiris-REx spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu successfully executes first deep space maneuver

The maneuver has put the Osiris-REx mission on track for an Earth flyby in September 2017.

2016 in alternative space stories: Aliens, a new zodiac, mind-controlling space stations and Armageddon
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2016 in alternative space stories: Aliens, a new zodiac, mind-controlling space stations and Armageddon

If you want to believe, we tip our tin foil hats to you, just ignore the science and read on.

The OSIRIS-REx mission by NASA is not proof of a 1000 asteroid Armageddon on Earth
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The OSIRIS-REx mission by NASA is not proof of a 1000 asteroid Armageddon on Earth

Armchair conspiracy theorists are spreading panic based on the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission claiming that 1000 asteroids are headed to the earth.

NASA test fires OSIRIS-REx thrusters during the journey to Asteroid Bennu
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NASA test fires OSIRIS-REx thrusters during the journey to Asteroid Bennu

NASA has successfully maneuvered its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu, fine-tuning its trajectory to reach it.

NASA launches Osiris-Rex spacecraft to bring back samples from asteroid Bennu
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NASA launches Osiris-Rex spacecraft to bring back samples from asteroid Bennu

US space agency NASA on Thursday launched the nation's first mission that will visit an asteroid and bring precious samples back to Earth.

Nasa is sending the Osiris-Rex probe to asteroid Bennu to look for clues on the origins of life
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Nasa is sending the Osiris-Rex probe to asteroid Bennu to look for clues on the origins of life

A U.S. space probe was cleared for launch to collect and return samples from an asteroid in hopes of learning more about the origins of life on Earth.