Reporting live from Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN). It was obtained that NASA on Thursday evening launched a space probe called OSIRIS-REx to track down a dark, potentially dangerous asteroid called Bennu. “NASA did it again!” Jim Green, Planetary Science Division director at NASA, said at a post-launch briefing.
According to Ellen Stofan“Tonight is a night for celebration,” , NASA chief scientist. “We are on our way to an asteroid.”
Mission managers said the launch was flawless, the spacecraft is in super-dynamic and excellent condition and that the mission is hitting all its pre-set projections
“The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is happy and healthy,” said Rich Kuhns, OSIRIS-REx program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft.
The mission’s principal investigator, Dante Lauretta, said the next big moment for him will be seeing Bennu for the first time from OSIRIS-REx.
“Every focus scientist on the team has some image in their mind of what Bennu is going to look like and it’s going to be phenomenal to see what it really looks like.”
Those images should start arriving in about two years as OSIRIS-REx approaches Bennu.