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- On Sept. 8, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Like expeditions of old, the mission will map the exotic terrain it explores.
- NASA's first spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20 and has begun final preparations in advance of its September launch.
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- The OSIRIS-REx mission, scheduled for launch in September 2016, will return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth so that scientists can study pristine material left over from the early solar system.
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This year’s finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal include Goddard scientist Dennis Reuter and his team, nominated for contributions to the New Horizons mission, which flew past Pluto in July 2015.
- As the Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta.
- This colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system.
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- Saturn's northern storm marches through the planet's atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.