The NASA spacecraft went into orbit around an ancient asteroid, placing a pair of records.
In space, OSIRIS-RX enters an orbit around the asteroid Bennu, about 110 million kilometers from Earth. It is the smallest celestial body ever orbited by the spacecraft. Bennu is only 500 meters across.
Circles on the spacecraft barely over one kilometer above the surface of the asteroid, another record.
OSIRIS-REx arrived at Bennu in early December and flew with him to the latest maneuver. The goal is to take samples of gravel in 2020 to return to Earth in 2023.
New Year's New Year's show took place just hours before another NASA researcher, New Horizons, to fly past the ice space rock above Pluto.