OSIRIS-REx TAG Events

  • Released Tuesday, October 20, 2020

OSIRIS-REx, which is about the size of a 15-passenger van, is currently orbiting the asteroid Bennu 200 million miles from Earth. Bennu contains material from the early solar system and may contain the molecular precursors to life and Earth’s oceans. The asteroid is about as tall as the Empire State Building and could potentially threaten Earth late in the next century, with a 1‐in‐2,700 chance of impacting our planet during one of its close approaches. OSIRIS-REx is now ready to take a sample of this ancient relic of our solar system and bring its stories and secrets home to Earth.

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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This page was originally published on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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