OSIRIS-REx observations of asteroid Bennu will improve predictions of which asteroids could be on a trajectory that could pose a risk to Earth.
Now unstowed, the spacecraft's robotic arm will point a camera located on its elbow and take images of the surroundings.
Twenty-five years ago this week, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope to correct a devastating error in the telescope's primary mirror.
With InSight safely on the surface of Mars, the mission team is busy learning more about the spacecraft's landing site.
A pair of tiny, experimental spacecraft fulfilled their mission yesterday, relaying back near-real-time data during InSight's landing.
The touchdown marks the eighth time NASA has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars.
The lander has sent data indicating its solar panels are open and receiving sunlight to power its surface operations.