LPL Spotlight Stories
OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid
The spacecraft seems to have bit off more than it can chew, so the mission team will expedite stowing the sample for the return trip home.
Watch: OSIRIS-REx Touchdown Causes a Stir on Asteroid Bennu
The sampling arm of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made contact with asteroid Bennu to stir up surface material and capture some of it for return to Earth in 2023.
UArizona Mission Members Celebrate OSIRIS-REx Success
Members of the LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission, along with UArizona leadership, gathered to watch NASA's live broadcast of the mission's much-anticipated Touch-and-Go, or TAG, sampling event.
OSIRIS-REx Successfully Touches Asteroid Bennu in Sample Grab
Ten years after NASA selected LPL to lead the OSIRIS-REx mission, the spacecraft successfully completed its most treacherous and rewarding task: sample collection.
What Touching an Asteroid Can Teach Us
NASA will make history on Oct. 20 by attempting its first-ever sample collection maneuver at an asteroid. LPL professor Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission, discusses the significance of the mission for science and society.
Why Scooping a Sample from an Asteroid is Harder than it Looks
Here's what will happen on Oct. 20, when NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will descend to asteroid Bennu and pick up a sample of pristine material left over from the formation of our solar system.
An Asteroid of a Different Color … and Other Secrets of Bennu Unlocked
The LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission is gearing up for its first attempt to collect a sample from asteroid Bennu this month. But before even touching the surface, scientists are learning more than ever about the material that makes up the asteroid.
25 Days of 'O-REx'
There are T minus 25 days until the LPL-led NASA OSIRIS-REx mission attempts to collect its first-ever asteroid sample. Here are facts for each day of the countdown.
OSIRIS-REx Begins its Countdown to TAG
On Oct. 20, the LPL-led OSIRIS-REx mission will make its first sample collection attempt. Because of the communication delay, the spacecraft must pilot itself to the surface while avoiding hazardous boulders before backing away safely with the sample.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx to Asteroid Bennu: 'You've Got a Little Vesta on You...'
Bits of the asteroid Vesta found on Bennu highlight the variety of asteroids in the solar system.