Friday, June 18

OSIRIS-REx Departure: Farewell to Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx Departure: Farewell to Asteroid Bennu

Join us live at 4 p.m. EDT, Mon., May 10, as our OSIRIS-REx mission bids farewell to near-Earth asteroid Bennu. At 4:16 p.m., the spacecraft will fire its main thrusters and start its long journey home, carrying precious asteroid material that it will return to Earth in 2023.

Watch the countdown to engine burn, as mission team members reflect on the challenges and success of studying and sampling Bennu. Members of the science team will also provide a look ahead to retrieving the sample of Bennu, and what it might tell us about the history of the solar system and our own origins.