'We have arrived!': NASA time-lapse video reveals final approach of asteroid-chasing craft as it rendezvous with 'Bennu' to begin radical mission to collect a sample and bring it back to Earth | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


'We have arrived!': NASA time-lapse video reveals final approach of asteroid-chasing craft as it rendezvous with 'Bennu' to begin radical mission to collect a sample and bring it back to Earth

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has finally arrived at asteroid Bennu more than two years after blasting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The long-awaited rendezvous officially kicks off the start of the ambitious mission to study a near-Earth object that could hold the key to understanding the origins of our solar system, and life itself.

OSIRIS-REx will spend the next year in orbit around its target before dropping down briefly so it can get close enough to scoop up a sample of dirt and rock from the surface.

NASA aired live coverage of its arrival starting at 11:45 a.m. ET, shortly before the spacecraft began the 20-second burn that put it on the right trajectory around the asteroid.

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