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NASA’s Osiris-Rex about to land on asteroid Bennu: Here’s what will happen – CNET

In a first for the space agency, the van-size spacecraft will try to swipe space souvenirs to bring home to Earth. But it might not be easy.



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Artist’s conception of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu.
NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft will briefly touch down on a large asteroid next week and grab some rocks and dust from its surface to be returned to Earth for study. The event marks a major first for NASA and a potential boon for science, space exploration and our understanding of the solar system.
The touch-and-go (TAG) sample collection of asteroid 101955 Bennu i…

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