Illustration of the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during the firing of its main engine
On October 2, 2018, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed the first maneuver on an asteroid flyby, which brought it on course for a scheduled arrival to Benn in December. Main engines carried out firing to slow the speed of the spacecraft relative to Benn to the figure from 491 m / s to 140 m / s. The mission will continue to investigate telemetry and track data as it becomes available. Thus, it will be possible to collect more information about the results of the maneuver over the next week. In the next 6 weeks, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will continue to perform a series of maneuvers designed to fly along a specific path to Benn. The latter is scheduled for November 12th. With it, adjust the trajectory of the ship to get to a distance of 20 km from the asteroid on December 3. After arrival, the device will begin approaching operations, completing a series of spans over the poles and the equator Bennu.