Solar System Exploration
NASA’s Lucy mission is one step closer to launch as L’TES – the Lucy Thermal Emission Spectrometer – has been integrated into the spacecraft.
NASA's First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids Moves Closer to Launch
Japan's Hayabusa2 has dropped a capsule to the ground in the Australian Outback containing dust the spacecraft collected from asteroid Ryugu.
Asteroid Ryugu Dust Delivered to Earth; NASA Scientists to Help Study It
Scientists have confirmed that Near-Earth Object 2020 SO is a 1960’s-Era Centaur rocket booster.
Data Confirm Near-Earth Object 2020 SO is Upper Centaur Rocket Booster
Before NASA's Lucy mission can begin its long journey to the Trojan asteroids, a camera had to take a 1,500-mile journey.
First Scientific Instrument Installed on NASA's Lucy Spacecraft
OSIRIS-REx has successfully stowed its Sample Return Capsule filled with an abundant sample of asteroid Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx Successfully Stows Sample of Asteroid Bennu
OSIRIS-REx has successfully placed its sample collector head – filled with dust and debris from asteroid Bennu – into the Sample Return Capsule.
OSIRIS-REx is Working to Store Sample of Asteroid Bennu
The next full Moon will be on the morning of Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, The Moon will appear full for about three days, making this a full Moon weekend.
October 2020 - Part II: The Next Full Moon is a Halloween Hunter's Moon and "Micro" Moon
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early stow on Tuesday, Oct. 27, of the large sample it collected from the surface of asteroid Bennu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Goes for Early Stow of Asteroid Sample
OSIRIS-REx mission team confirmed the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements – acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s surface material.
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid
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