Such work was required before attempting orbital insertion because "maneuvering around a small body that basically has no gravity is a very challenging endeavor", OSIRIS-REx Deputy Principal Investigator Heather Enos, also of the University of Arizona, told Space.com earlier this month.
It's the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
On Monday, after closely studying the asteroid for several weeks, the spaceship fired its thrusters to bring it into orbit around Bennu at 2:43 pm (1943 GMT). The goal is to descend to the surface and collect samples of regolith - loose rock and dust - for return to Earth in 2023. The mission's objectives include characterizing the composition of the asteroid to shed more light on the makeup of the solar system's primordial material; identifying resources that could be useful to future space travelers; and helping scientists figure out how to divert a potentially threatening asteroid if necessary.
"With the navigation campaign coming to an end, we are looking forward to the scientific mapping and sample site selection phase of the mission", Lauretta said.
Bennu has a gravity force only five-millionths as strong as Earth's, NASA said.
Jimmy Osmond attends the Woman's Own Children Of Courage Awards at Westminster Abbey on December 9, 2009 in London, England. His spokesperson said the star had completed the performance and signed autographs for fans before receiving treatment.
At least four people have been injured after a man intentionally drove into a crowd of migrants, according to German police. A police spokeswoman said Syrian and Afghan citizens were among those injured, but gave no further details.
The team has already requested interviews with Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy , Cowboys DB coach Kris Richard and Bucs OC Todd Monken. As of Monday, there were eight head-coaching openings in the National Football League , creating a competitive situation.
Co-founder and Vice-President Mark Rein gently chided players who believed the event had been triggered early in error. Several players rushed to social media to announce that " Fortnite's " New Year celebration had gone off early.
So as per the caption, we can assume that Rishi Kapoor is in NY for his cancer treatment, but none of that has been confirmed yet. Riddhima Kapoor Sahni too took to her official Instagram account to share some adorable photos with daughter, Samaira Sahni.
Fireworks explode from Auckland's Sky Tower as the New Year is welcomed in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, Jan 1. The next countries to see in the New Year included Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.
With Wilks' status confirmed, there is still one major uncertainty: Will Fitzgerald be back for a 16th season? The Arizona Cardinals will not be retaining head coach Steve Wilks heading into the 2019 season.
Gordon Ramsay and his wife expecting baby No. 5
The couple confirmed the news in a sweet Instagram video, where every member of the family wishing everyone a happy New Year. This year is going to be extra special for the Ramsay family. they will be adding to their clan.
Taliban Holds Talks In Tehran On Ending Afghan War
The talks are created to set parameters for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Iranian media reported. Taliban in a statement on Tuesday said that the group has visited Tehran on issues around peace and security in Afghanistan .
Late Mitrovic goal earns Fulham vital win over Huddersfield
It's a heavy loss we've conceded (at Fulham ). "For the penalty, we had a small argument and I think it is my job for penalties. He doesn't understand the reason, it's the first time in my life". "I hope he can understand; it is clearly hard ".
Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn spotted enjoying a stroll in NY
It's believed Taylor fell in love with the area when she holidayed in Munster back in June, ahead of her two gigs in Croke Park. The couple has been dating since September 2016 but they have kept their relationship under wraps.
Another big nation moving embassy to Jerusalem
Nor did they post anything on it on their Twitter accounts, despite Bolsonaro in particular being a fervent social media user. Israel's parliament last Wednesday approved his government's decision to call early elections for April 9.
Dolphins fire Gase after 7-9 season; Tannenbaum demoted
In his first season with the Dolphins, he led the Dolphins to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with a record of 10-6. Could Gase be the guy to take them to the next level? After jumping out to a 3-0 start to the 2018 season, Miami finished 7-9.
What's opened and closed New Year's Day
What stores are open on New Year's Day 2018? Skaters take to the ice at Nathan Phillips Square, outside Toronto's city hall. New Year's Day opening times: Which shops are open near you today? Check out the Loblaws website to see hours by location.
N.C. Sanctuary 'Devastated' by Death of Intern Mauled by Lion
In a statement, the Conservators Centre said: "This is an ongoing investigation [and] we have no further details at this time". The government inspector counted 16 lions, three tigers and two leopards among 85 total animals during the 2018 site visit.
Bollywood actor Kader Khan dies
On Friday, Kader Khan, developed breathing issues and the doctors transferred him from a regular ventilator to a BiPAP ventilator. The trio delivered blockbusters like Saajan Chale Sasural , Hero No. 1 , Coolie No. 1 , Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jaayegi .