NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

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NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu. The rocky remnant from the dawn of the solar system may hold clues to the origins of life. On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, the probe will use Earth's gravity to put it on a path toward Bennu. (Conceptual Image Lab/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA via AP)
This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and the Earth. On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, the probe will use Earth's gravity to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu. (Conceptual Image Lab/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA via AP)

NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu. The rocky remnant from the dawn of the solar system may hold clues to the origins of life. On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, the probe will use Earth's gravity to put it on a path toward Bennu. (Conceptual Image Lab/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA via AP)
This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and the Earth. On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, the probe will use Earth's gravity to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu. (Conceptual Image Lab/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA via AP)
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