The Osiris-Rex concept has been around since at least 2004, when a team of astronomers first proposed the idea to NASA. After more than a decade of development, the spacecraft It was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on September 8, 2016, Above the Atlas V missile from the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The spacecraft spent the next 26 months sailing to Benno, and officially arrived on December 3, 2018.
Since then, the mission team has spent nearly two years orbiting a space rock in the shape of a diamond, surveying and mapping its surface to choose the best sampling location. In recent months, training has started before the next sampling attempt, and now the team says it’s ready to play TAG with Bennu.