NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Set To Rendezvous With Asteroid Bennu After 1 Billion Miles Through Space

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu on Monday after traveling more than 1 billion miles through space. (NASA Image)

(FOX NEWS) – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu on Monday after traveling more than 1 billion miles through space.

The historic expedition will be the first U.S. mission to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth.

OSIRIS-REx, which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, launched in September 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

After reaching Bennu, the spacecraft will spend almost a year surveying the space rock from orbit.

The probe is scheduled to briefly touch the asteroid with a robotic arm in July 2020 and retrieve a sample that will be returned to Earth in September 2023.

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