After years of anticipation and hard work by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security – Regolith Explorer) team, a capsule of rocks and dust collected from the asteroid Bennu will arrive on Earth on September 24th. Returned to target area. The Department of Defense’s Utah Test and Training Range near Salt Lake City.
A few hours before landing, OSIRIS-REx captured the final view of its sample return capsule.
Following its flight by a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft on September 26, the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule was transported to a custom-built clean room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Meanwhile, the Osiris-Apex spacecraft is on a new mission with a new name, en route to the asteroid Apophis, arriving in 2029.
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