A little while ago the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft reached the International Space Station carrying the three new crew members Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques. It blasted off about 6 hours earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz traveled on the fast-track.
December 3, 2018
NASA and Lockheed Martin have confirmed that the OSIRIS-REx space probe has reached the asteroid Bennu. From its orbit, at a distance of about 5 kilometers (a bit more than 3 miles), it will start studying its surface creating a map over the course of about a year and a half. This will allow NASA scientists not only to get to know it better but also to choose the most suitable area to proceed with the next phase of the mission, which will consist of taking samples from Bennu’s surface to be returned to Earth.