The NASA spacecraft went into orbit around an ancient asteroid, placing a pair of records.
Orbit-Rex spacecraft today orbits the asteroid Bennu, 110 million kilometers from Earth. It is the smallest celestial body ever orbited by the spacecraft. Bennu is only 500 meters across.
Changes to the spaceship are barely 1.6 kilometers above the surface of the asteroid, another record.
Osiris-Rex arrived in Bennu in early December and flew with him to the last maneuver. The goal is to take samples of gravel in 2020 to return to Earth in 2023.
New Year's Big New Day happened hours before another NASA researcher, Nova Horizons, to fly past the ice space rock behind Pluto.