OSIRIS-REx, the University of Arizona-led mission to collect a sample of the asteroid Bennu and return it to Earth in 2023 has had a busy year already. The spacecraft went into orbit on New Year’s Eve and is currently just over a mile above the asteroid. The team of scientists and engineers is working toward finding the perfect place to collect 2 ounces of surface material next year. Arizona 360 offers a look back at some of the highlights of the decade-long mission.
Production is underway on a second documentary chronicling OSIRIS-REx's launch and planned sample retrieval. View Arizona Public Media's initial documentary "Countdown to Launch" here.