/ Modified jan 25, 2019 4:40 p.m.

The Journey of NASA'S OSIRIS-REx Mission

A look back at the UA-led mission's origins and next steps in 2019.

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.

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Arizona 360 airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 PLUS. See more from Arizona 360.
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