sample return mission

Organic Material Found on an Asteroid Sample Returned by Hayabusa 1

Panspermia is an idea that has been around for a long time.  It was first mentioned in the 5th century…

3 months ago

Plans for a Mars Sample Return Mission Have Moved to the Next Stage

The Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, a joint effort between NASA and the ESA to bring samples of Mars back…

6 months ago

Even the Outside of Hayabusa 2’s Sample Capsule has Asteroid Debris on it

According to statements made by JAXA, the samples returned by the Hayabusa 2 mission included black sand and gases obtained…

6 months ago

Here are NASA’s Science Priorities for the Artemis Missions

NASA has released the Artemis III Science Definition Team Report, which defines the science operations that the "first woman and…

6 months ago

China’s Chang’e-5 Probe Blasts Off From the Moon, Bringing Back a Full Load of Samples

For the first time in more than 40 years, a robotic spacecraft has blasted off from the Moon – and…

7 months ago

Watch “Live” as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Nabs an Asteroid Sample

Today’s the day! The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is going to reach out and boop asteroid Bennu! You can watch the broadcast…

8 months ago

Asteroid Bennu has little pieces of Vesta on it

The asteroid belt is a chaotic place.  Things smash into each other, get thrown into completely different orbital planes, and…

9 months ago

Instead of Going Straight to Mars, Astronauts Should Make a Slingshot Past Venus First

Every 26 months, the orbits of both Earth and Mars conspire to make travel between the two planets shorter. Launching…

11 months ago

OSIRIS-REx Will Collect a Sample from Bennu on October 20th

The date is finally set for OSIRIS-REx's sampling maneuver. The spacecraft has been at asteroid Bennu since the end of…

1 year ago

OSIRIS-REx Descended Down to Just 75 Meters Above the Surface of Bennu in a Recent Test

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is getting ready for its big moment. OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is…

1 year ago