OSIRIS-REx's Dance with Bennu and Apophis


Hovering amidst the vast cosmos, OSIRIS-REx embarked on a monumental odyssey. This NASA herald visited Bennu, embraced its essence, and is now voyaging to the asteroid Apophis, which plans a celestial rendezvous close to Earth in 2029.

Stellar Highlights:

Liftoff and Cosmic Embrace: Our interstellar envoy, OSIRIS-REx, began its voyage on Sept. 8, 2016, and shared its first cosmic waltz with Bennu on Dec. 3, 2018, serenading it in an orbit dance by Dec. 31, 2018.

Celestial Souvenir: On Oct. 20, 2020, our explorer tenderly touched Bennu, collecting memories, before setting course for home on May 10, 2021. It delivered its cosmic keepsake to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023.

Galactic Significance: OSIRIS-REx etched history as the pioneer U.S. mission to retrieve a fragment from the stars. These remnants whisper tales of our solar infancy and potential origins, and may unveil secrets of Earth's cosmic companions.

New Horizons: Upon gifting its treasure, the voyager was christened OSIRIS-REx-APEX, charting a course for Apophis—a future cosmic dance partner.

Bennu's Whisper: A relic of time, Bennu waltzes around the sun every 436 days, drawing close to Earth's embrace biennially. It's a celestial enigma with a hint of risk, though our planet's dance card remains safe for now.

Apophis' Serenade: Apophis, another cosmic balladeer, is set to serenade Earth from a mere 19,000 miles away come April 13, 2029. OSIRIS-REx readies to capture every nuance of this stellar performance.

Galactic Ballet: Decoding the dances of asteroids, like Japan's Hayabusa duets, enlightens us about our cosmic cradle. OSIRIS-REx, with its grander embrace, promises even deeper insights from its celestial partners.

Towards Uncharted Stars: OSIRIS-REx will shine light on the Yarkovsky effect—a cosmic waltz where the sun's warmth subtly influences an asteroid's trajectory.

Stellar Recap: OSIRIS-REx's cosmic ballet with Bennu and its impending duet with Apophis weave an enthralling space odyssey. Through its journey and the treasures it brings, we edge closer to deciphering our universe's primordial whispers, life's enigmatic origins, and the tales of asteroids that dance through our cosmic ballroom.


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