OSIRIS-REx First Touchdown on Asteroid Bennu

It’s official: on October 20, 2020, OSIRIS-REx is finally going to touchdown on asteroid Bennu, a rugged relic that has been around for over 4.5 billion years! This is NASA’s first mission to return an asteroid sample back to Earth. The objective of this Touch-and-Go (TAG) event is to quickly make contact with Bennu’s sample site, Nightingale, and make the collection in about five seconds by firing “a charge of pressurized nitrogen to disturb the surface.”

Red Canyon is very proud to have engineers who supported this exciting mission! Check out the links below to learn more!

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Ready for Touchdown on Asteroid Bennu

101955 Bennu Tracking Page

OSIRIS-REx Mission Page

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