• Released Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 11697

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NASA will launch the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission in 2016.

Learn more about asteroid Bennu in this animated feature called “Bennu’s Journey.”

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Scientists think Bennu formed in the aftermath of a collision between a proto-planet and a space rock.

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Bennu is a primitive asteroid composed of molecules that may have been the precursors to life on Earth.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will rendezvous with Bennu and obtain a sample that will be returned to Earth in 2023.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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