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Before departing for Earth on May 10, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will perform a final flyby of Bennu – capturing its last images of sample collection site Nightingale.
Preventing a COVID-19 outbreak through wastewater testing, tagging an asteroid and solving a longstanding Maya mystery were all in a year's work at the University of Arizona.
Impact craters in the boulders on asteroid Bennu allowed researchers to reconstruct the history of the near-Earth object in unprecedented detail.
NASA's UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft's Sample Return Capsule and its abundant sample of asteroid Bennu.
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully collected a large sample from the asteroid Bennu. But because some large pieces of rock are keeping the sample head from fully closing, the team has decided to expedite the stowing process.