Planets and Moons  Universe  ID: 5133

OSIRIS-REx Return Cruise/Extended Mission to Apophis

OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid, and briefly touched down on near-Earth asteroid Bennu in October 2020 to gather a cupful of material. Seven months later, it departed Bennu on a 1.2-billion-mile cruise back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx will deliver its cargo – a capsule containing the Bennu samples – to Utah’s West Desert on September 24, 2023. After flying past Earth, the spacecraft will adopt a new name for an extended mission. OSIRIS-APEX will spend five-and-a-half years in an elliptical orbit of the Sun and rendezvous with near-Earth asteroid Apophis in 2029. It will orbit and study Apophis for a year-and-a-half and will venture close to its surface to stir up loose material.

The visualizations on this page depict a portion of the return cruise from Bennu to Earth (beginning in July 2022), and the extended-mission cruise to Apophis. The complete return cruise can be found on the OSIRIS-REx orbits, maneuvers, and mapping page.

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Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Visualizer
Dan Gallagher (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Lead Producer
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Data Used:
SPICE Ephemerides also referred to as: SPICE Ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL
Satellite and planetary ephemerides
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SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> Solar System >> Orbits
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> Bennu
SVS >> Sample Return