OSIRIS-REx TAG’s Bennu in NASA First

OSIRIS-REx touches Bennu in a mission to collect material from the surface of an asteroid.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touched the surface of the asteroid Bennu on October 20, gathering a sample of an asteroid for a journey to Earth. During this touch-and-go (TAG) maneuver, the vehicle collected a small amount of material from the surface of Bennu, before moving away from the rocky body.

Completing this maneuver on Tuesday, October 20, OSIRIS-REx became the first NASA spacecraft to collect a sample from the surface of an asteroid.

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