CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has successfully launched a spacecraft designed to catch up with an asteroid and bring back a sample.
OSIRIS-REx now begins its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu.
The launch went off without a hitch.
The spacecraft will chase down Bennu, collect material from the asteroid and send the samples back to Earth in a special capsule.
OSIRIS-REx will orbit the asteroid for about three years before making the return trip to Earth.
The University of Colorado is involved with communicating with the spacecraft.