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OSIRIS-REx 1 week from the return of the asteroid sample

This NASA diagram shows how the OSIRIS-REx capsule will return to Earth on September 24th in 4 hours. (Image credit: NASA)

NASA is just a week away from the epic landing of its OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return capsule packed with pieces of the asteroid Bennu. The landing, which is on track for September 24, 2023, will mark the end of OSIRIS-REx’s primary 7-year mission, which began with a launch in 2016 and sample collection at Bennu in October 2020.

Scientists are excited but also on edge as they prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s return to Earth. The spacecraft will slam into Earth’s atmosphere, protected by a heat shield, reaching speeds of up to 27,000 mph before deploying the drogue and main parachutes to slow itself to a more manageable 10 mph.

As NASA prepares for the OSIRIS-REx landing, check out our latest coverage below and stay tuned for daily updates leading up to the actual landing!

The OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe heads toward Earth for test delivery on September 24
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe set itself on course for Earth with a thruster launch on September 10, two weeks before its long-awaited delivery of asteroid samples.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission almost bit the dust – then Queen guitarist Brian May stepped in
The mission’s eventual success is due in part to Queen guitarist Brian May, who painstakingly created 3D images of the rubble to help mission leaders identify safe landing sites.

NASA is conducting crucial drop tests ahead of the arrival of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe on September 24
The OSIRIS-REx team performed a crucial drop test on Wednesday (August 30), practicing what they will do when the mission’s real asteroid sample returns home on September 24.

OSIRIS-REx Chief Science Officer Reveals NASA’s First Asteroid Sampling Almost Missed It (Exclusive Interview)
Dante Lauretta, the principal scientist for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, talks about the unexpected challenges of NASA’s first asteroid sampling attempt in an exclusive interview.

Here’s how asteroid Bennu surprised NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

The touchdown of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on the asteroid Bennu set up a massive wall of debris. (Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab/Jonathan North)

When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe arrived at asteroid Bennu in 2018, it didn’t look as mission planners had envisioned.

“I really thought we might be in trouble there,” mission chief scientist Dante Lauretta told Space.com. Because the asteroid’s surface looked so different from how the OSIRIS-REx team thought it would, the spacecraft had to be reprogrammed to land on Bennu’s loose, severe surface.

But Bennu still had a few more surprises in store for the spacecraft as it touched down to collect a sample. Read about how asteroid Bennu surprised NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and nearly killed it along the way in our feature here as we count down to the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft delivering this cargo to Earth on Sunday, September 24.

Related: How asteroid Bennu surprised NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and nearly killed it along the way

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