Solar System Exploration
This series of images shows the OSIRIS-REX SamCam imager’s field of view as the spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu’s surface.
OSIRIS-REx TAGs Surface of Asteroid Bennu
OSIRIS-REx unfurled its robotic arm, and in a first for NASA, briefly touched an asteroid to collect a sample.
OSIRIS-REx Successfully Touches Asteroid Bennu
OSIRIS-REx is working to collect a sample from asteroid Bennu and NASA also has several other asteroid missions coming up.
NASA's Big Plans to Explore Small Bodies
OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will take a sample of asteroid Bennu on October 20. Here are 10 things to know about Bennu.
Ten Things to Know About Bennu
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission now knows much more about the material it’ll be collecting in just a few weeks.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Unlocks More Secrets from Asteroid Bennu
The next full Moon will be on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2020. The Moon will appear full from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
October 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon
In just a few weeks, OSIRIS-REx will descend to asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface to collect a sample.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins its Countdown to TAG
The small asteroid will pass by Earth at a distance of about 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) on Thursday, Sept. 24.
School Bus-Size Asteroid to Safely Zoom Past Earth
It appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx to Asteroid Bennu: "You've got a little Vesta on you…"
A small satellite mission to study small “rubble pile” asteroids has received NASA approval to proceed to the next phase of development.
Milestone for Mission to Send SmallSats on Deep Space Journey
The asteroid, which is being studied by NASA's OSIRIS-REx, shows some surprising activity on its surface.
Why Is Asteroid Bennu Ejecting Particles Into Space?
NASA’s first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids passed a critical milestone and is officially authorized to transition to its next phase.
Lucy Mission One Step Closer to Exploring the Trojan Asteroids
An SUV-size space rock flew past Earth over the weekend – coming closer to Earth than any other known NEA.
Tiny Asteroid Buzzes by Earth - the Closest Flyby on Record
The spacecraft is on track to touch asteroid Bennu's surface during its first sample collection attempt on Oct. 20.
Rehearsal Puts NASA's OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection
Dawn spacecraft data answers two big questions: Is there liquid inside Ceres, and how long ago was it geologically active?
Mystery Solved: Bright Areas on Ceres Come From Salty Water Below
OSIRIS-REx is almost ready for touchdown on Bennu. On Aug. 11, the spacecraft will perform its “Matchpoint” rehearsal.
One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu
The Earth has one less asteroid to worry about thanks to the research of an international team of scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Arecibo Observatory Returns from Tropical Storm Isaias Lockdown to Track Asteroid for NASA
NASA’s first asteroid sampling spacecraft is making final preparations to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx is One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu
Lucy will fly by seven different Trojan asteroids that are orbiting the same distance from the Sun as Jupiter.
NASA's Lucy Mission Passes Critical Mission Milestone
The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020.
August 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon
In the fall of 2022, NASA’s DART spacecraft will reach its destination: asteroid Didymos and its small moonlet Dimorphos.
Predicting the Unpredictable: DART's Dive into an Asteroid
A comet visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system is putting on a spectacular nighttime display.
Comet NEOWISE Slides by Sun, Provides Treat for Observers
Psyche, the NASA mission to explore a metal-rock asteroid of the same name, recently passed a crucial milestone.
Building NASA's Psyche: Design Done, Now Full Speed Ahead on Hardware
The next full Moon will be early Sunday morning, July 5, 2020. There also will be a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
July 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon
Didymos B is getting an official name of its own: Dimorphos.
NASA's First Planetary Defense Mission Target Gets a New Name