NASA’s OSIRIS-REx survived its risky mission to grab a piece of an asteroid

By Lisa Grossman

Oct 21, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is a cosmic rock collector. Cheers erupted from mission control at 6:12 p.m. EDT on October 20 as scientists on Earth got word that the spacecraft had gently nudged a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu, and grabbed some of its rocks to return to Earth.