NASA’s OSIRIS-REx blasts off on journey to asteroid Bennu

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.

Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and the University of Arizona worked with NASA to build and launch ORISIS-REx.

The University of Colorado is involved with communicating with the spacecraft.