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

OSIRIS-REx Team Celebrates Successful Launch

Mike Wall, Space.com

Members of the OSIRIS-REx team celebrate the NASA spacecraft's successful launch on Sept. 8, 2016. Mission principal investigator Dante Lauretta is fourth from the right.

How NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission Will Work (Infographic)

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NASA is sending a probe to the asteroid Bennu to collect samples from the space rock and return them to Earth. See how NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to collect samples of the asteroid 1999 RQ36 will happen in this Space.com infographic.

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.

OSIRIS-REx Launch: View from the Causeway

Karla Thompson

NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission launches atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 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.

Blast Off OSIRIS-REx

NASA/Sandy Joseph and Tim Terry

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft began its journey to an asteroid on Sept. 8, when it lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, atop an Atlas V rocket.

Christina Richey and asteroid Bennu

Amy Thompson/Space.com

OSIRIS-REx deputy project scientist Christina Richey explains the path the spacecraft will take to the asteroid Bennu.

Christina Richey and asteroid Bennu

Amy Thompson/Space.com

Christina Richey holds a 3D-printed model of Bennu.

NASA Launches OSIRIS-REx

NASA TV

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission into space from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Sept. 8, 2016. The mission aims to collect samples of the asteroid Bennu and return them to Earth in 2023.

NASA’s Osiris-Rex Next to a Person

UA/OSIRIS-REX Mission

This image shows how large NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sampling spacecraft is compared to a person.

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