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

OSIRIS-REx orbital path

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OSIRIS-REx will loop around the sun a few times before rendezvousing with the asteroid Bennu.

Atlas V and OSIRIS-REx Roll Out

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling spacecraft and its Atlas V rocket roll out to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 7, 2016.

OSIRIS-REx space probe atop a ULA Atlas V rocket

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The OSIRIS-REx space probe is sitting atop a ULA Atlas V rocket, awaiting its scheduled launch on Sept. 8, 2016.

Atlas V rocket carrying the OSIRIS-REx probe

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The Atlas V rocket carrying the OSIRIS-REx probe is wheeled toward the launch pad on Sept. 7, 2016. The probe is expected to launch on Sept. 8.

Atlas V Rocket for OSIRIS-REx

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The Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return spacecraft stands atop its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launchpad in Florida ahead of its Sept. 8, 2016 launch.

OSIRIS-REx Mated with Atlas V Rocket

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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, enclosed in a payload fairing, is positioned atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 29, 2016.

OSIRIS-REx Heads to Launch Complex 41

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Once OSIRIS-REx was loaded into the rocket fairing, it left the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and began its trip to Space Launch Complex 41.

OSIRIS-REx in Payload Fairing

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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, enclosed in a payload fairing, is lifted at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 29, 2016.

OSIRIS-REx Awaiting Encapsulation

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NASA's asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft being prepared for encapsulation in its payload fairing inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

OSIRIS-REx

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OSIRIS-REx is set to launch on Sept. 8, 2016 to chase down the asteroid Bennu.

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