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(New Frontiers 3, NF3)
(planned space mission to return a sample of an asteroid)

OSIRIS-REx (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, New Frontiers 3 or NF3) is a mission to carry samples of an Asteroid back to Earth. The asteroid is 1999 RQ36, now known as 101955 Bennu.

The project was chosen as the third NASA' New Frontiers mission and was launched in September 2016, intended to visit the asteroid in 2019 and reach Earth again in 2023.


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101955 Bennu
Near-Earth Object (NEO)