OSIRIS-REx: NASA's Asteroid Sample-Return Mission in Pictures

OSIRIS-REx's Earth Flyby: Artist's Illustration

NASA

This artist's illustration shows NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft zooming past Earth on Sept. 22, 2017 — a maneuver designed to boost the probe’s speed and refine its course toward the asteroid Bennu.

Path of OSIRIS-REx During Earth Flyby

NASA/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

This graphic shows the path taken by NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling spacecraft during its Earth flyby on Sept. 22, 2017.

OSIRIS-REx Earth Flyby: Distance

NASA/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

The Sept. 22, 2017, Earth flyby of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling spacecraft brings it closer than some satellites.

Why OSIRIS-REx Is Flying by Earth

NASA/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

OSIRIS-REx’s Earth flyby of Sept. 22, 2017, is designed to put the spacecraft on track for a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx Flyby Orbit

NASA Scientific Visualization Studio/Kel Elkins

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly by Earth, using the planet's momentum to swing it up into a higher inclination where Asteroid Bennu orbits.

Telescope View of OSIRIS-REx Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft

Large Binocular Telescope Observatory

The Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona captured these views of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling spacecraft on Sept. 2, 2017, when the probe was about 7 million miles (12 million kilometers) from Earth. OSIRIS-REx is approaching our planet for a planned Sept. 23 flyby that’s designed to slingshot it toward the asteroid Bennu.

Artist interpretation of OSIRIS-REx

NASA/Goddard University

An artist's interpretation of NASA's asteroid-sample mission OSIRIS-REx, which will rendezvous with the near-Earth asteroid Bennu (once known as 1999 RQ36) in 2020.

OSIRIS-REx at Asteroid Bennu

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

An artist's concept of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft near asteroid Bennu (previously known as 1999 RQ36).

OSIRIS-REx Liftoff

NASA/Joel Kowsky

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 8, 2016.

United Launch Alliance OSIRIS REx Photos

United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission launches into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Sept. 8, 2016.

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