OSIRIS-REx Sampling Area to Scale: Animations

  • Released Wednesday, September 9, 2020

OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission. Its main science goal is to collect a sample of near-Earth asteroid Bennu for return to Earth in 2023. These animations show a size comparison of the planned sample collection area before arriving at Bennu (orange), and after arriving at Bennu (blue). The original mission plan envisioned a sample site with a diameter of 164 feet (50 m). However, the sampling region for site Nightingale is approximately 26 ft (8 m) in diameter. The area safe enough for the spacecraft to touch is the width of a few parking spaces.

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This page was originally published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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