OSIRIS-REx snagged so much dirt and rock from the asteroid Bennu on Tuesday that the probe's sampling mechanism didn't close properly, allowing some of the collected material to escape into space.
Asteroids are space rocks thought to be the remains left over from the formation of the solar system. They range in size from tiny (the size of a car or so) to truly giant, with at least one - Ceres - gaining dwarf planet status. In our solar system, billions of asteroids are in the asteroid belt, a region around the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Others stray from this region, and can potentially post an impact threat to the Earth. At least one interstellar asteroid, called 'Oumuamua, has passed through our solar system. Learn more about asteroids here.
A NASA spacecraft has really made a mess of things on the asteroid Bennu, and scientists are thrilled. OSIRIS-REx performed well in its sampling attempt.
If you're looking for more space in your life, look no farther: The stars have aligned to bring your four separate space events today (Oct. 21).
For the first time ever, a NASA probe has performed a sample-snagging operation on an asteroid in deep space.
Today, NASA will attempt to grab tiny pieces of an asteroid called Bennu — and to mark the occasion, the agency has created a 360-degree video that will take you along for the ride.
We won't know if NASA's OSIRIS-REX spacecraft succeeded at its asteroid-sampling maneuver until 10 days after the attempt.
NASA will touch a space rock tomorrow in a milestone event for what the agency considers a crucial field of study: asteroid science.
Two small asteroids will zip by Earth today (Oct. 19) at a range that's closer than the moon, in a double flyby that comes as NASA gears up to sample a space rock of its own.
NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft will "TAG" asteroid Bennu Tuesday (Oct. 20) and collect a sample for return to Earth.
NASA will broadcast an epic "touch and go" on Tuesday as a spacecraft descends toward asteroid Bennu to pick up a precious sample of dust.
A new IMAX film celebrates the scientists and engineers who are working to keep our planet safe from potentially hazardous space rocks.
Pieces of the asteroid Vesta made their way somehow to a much smaller world, the space rock Bennu, which is currently hosting a NASA spacecraft.
The spacecraft will drop off its precious parcels and then swing back out into space towards another rocky destination.
The OSIRIS-REx probe is scheduled to pull off NASA's first-ever asteroid-sampling operation on Oct. 20, snagging precious dirt and gravel from a carbon-rich space rock called Bennu.
Shiny boulders on one of the darkest asteroids in the solar system may shed light on the cataclysmic impacts behind that space rock's origins, a new study finds.
Two asteroids made close flybys of Earth on Monday (Sept. 14), in both cases showing a common occurrence that didn't put our home planet at any risk.
An amateur astronomer from Brazil discovered the large, "potentially hazardous" asteroid that safely passed by Earth this week on Thursday (Sept. 10).