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OSIRIS-REx Mission
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NASA's mission to visit asteroid Bennu and return a sample of the asteroid to Earth.
NASA's mission to visit asteroid Bennu and return a sample of the asteroid to Earth.

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Where on Earth is OSIRIS-REx? While the real asteroid hunter is on its way to collect a sample of Bennu, you can take your own pocket #spacecraft for an adventure right here on Earth. Snap a photo of it tagging something interesting where you live, work, study or travel, and then share on social media using #MyOSIRISREx. Template and more details: http://bit.ly/MyOSIRISREx
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On this day in 2008, the Phoenix Mars Lander made it through "seven minutes of terror" to touch down successfully on the surface of the Red Planet. The HiRISE instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured these images of the spacecraft, which went on to confirm the presence of water ice on Mars.
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When OSIRIS-REx returns a sample of #asteroid Bennu to Earth in 2023, part of it will be analyzed at +The University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab. Researchers there will use it to help answer some of the biggest questions in the solar system: http://bit.ly/2qa20Yw

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OSIRIS-REx has traveled more than 645 million kilometers (401 million miles) since leaving Earth. #ToBennuAndBack #WhereIsOSIRISREx
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On this day in 2013, Bennu received its official name. A nine-year-old student from North Carolina made the winning suggestion in the Name That Asteroid contest, and the rest is history. http://bit.ly/2iG5f9f #OTD
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Did you know that naming an asteroid can be a long process? Bennu didn't receive its official moniker until 14 years after it was discovered. More about the process of naming an asteroid: http://bit.ly/2jvfJVG
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The journey continues. OSIRIS-REx has now traveled more than 630 million kilometers (391 million miles) on its way to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu: http://bit.ly/WhereIsOREX #ToBennuAndBack #WhereIsOSIRISREx
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Happy #EarthDay! As celebrations begin here on our home planet, OSIRIS-REx is making its way back toward us for an Earth Gravity Assist in September.
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OSIRIS-REx is currently 114 million kilometers from Earth. That's roughly 300 times the distance between Earth and the moon. More details on the spacecraft's progress: http://bit.ly/WhereIsOREX #ToBennuAndBack #WhereIsOSIRISREx 
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Still cruising... OSIRIS-REx has traveled more than 552 million kilometers (343 million miles) since launch: http://bit.ly/WhereIsOREX #ToBennuAndBack #WhereIsOSIRISREx
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