The probe is on a mission to collect fragments that scientists hope will help unravel the origins of our solar system but hit a snag after it picked up too big of a sample.
NASA researchers believe Bennu's parent body had an ancient river that flowed through cracks and has now left behind carbonate.
after travelling for four years, OSIRIS-REx will touch down on a site chosen by NASA, called Nightingale, a rocky area that is 16 meters in diameter.
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
The spacecraft will attempt its first sample collection on 20 October and is equipped to do it three times if necessary.
The collection of samples is slated for 2020, with the spacecraft expected to return by September 2023.
The rocky surface of the asteroid has surprised scientists, they need help finding the perfect landing spot for OSIRIS-REx.
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Asteroid Bennu's rotation period is getting shorter by roughly one second every 100 years.
After studying Bennu for a year, OSIRIS-REx will give it a 'gentle high-five' in 2020 for a sample.
Scientists think Bennu is a leftover from the beginning of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago.
We targeted Bennu precisely because we thought it had water-bearing minerals: OSIRIS-REx mission lead.
The NASA mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began.
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
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.
The Earth's gravity will fling the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, travelling at a staggering speed of 19,000 miles (30,758 km) per hour.
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
The maneuver has put the Osiris-REx mission on track for an Earth flyby in September 2017.
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