NASA will launch two new asteroid missions to find out more about the origin of the Solar System. The missions called Lucy and Psyche will launch in 2021 and 2023.
The Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa 2 gears up for a trip to asteroid Ryugu to bring back asteroid samples to Earth for further studies.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling mission has successfully captured “first-light” images in space after acing initial instrument check.
Lockheed Martin devised a way for OSIRIS-REx to successfully collect asteroid samples in microgravity.
NASA said the launch of the OSIRIS-Rex mission to the asteroid Bennu would still push through, despite the recent explosion that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 and Facebook’s satellite.
The first ever asteroid capture mission by NASA is scheduled for launch on September 8. NASA hopes to take samples from asteroid Bennu and bring back fresh samples to earth. The big question now is: who gets to take home samples of the rock?
The first robotic mission planned by NASA, which will be collecting a piece of asteroid Bennu, was surprisingly inspired by an ordinary object. Lockheed Martin’s engineer claims a plastic Solo cup paved the way for the creation of the NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe.
NASA's asteroid mission will be launched on Sept. 8 and the agency is in full preparation mode to send the spacecraft to an asteroid to collect samples that will be delivered back to Earth.
NASA has recently released a new and educational short films on the asteroid Bennu, a near-Earth space rock that the agency hopes to be collecting samples from by 2018. This mission is a precursor to a larger mission, where NASA will attempt to physically capture an asteroid and bring it into the moon's orbit for further study.