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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Is Leaking into Space

28 days ago   |   By ExtremeTech

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully landed gently on the surface of the asteroid Bennu last week and scooped up a sample of pristine material from the early solar system. It's an incredible accomplishment for all involved, but OSIRIS-REx might end up a victim of its own success. NASA reports the probe grabbed so much regolith from the asteroid that it's leaking out of the collector. The team is now working to determine how best to keep the precious cargo from escaping. OSIRIS-REx launched in 2016, reaching the near-Earth asteroid known officially as 101955 Bennu in late 2018. After...
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NASA grabbed a bunch of space rock material, and that's awesome

NASA grabbed a bunch of space rock material, and that's awesome

28 days ago   |   By TheBoyGeniusReport

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down on the asteroid called Benny last week, and we now know that it grabbed enough material to consider that operation a success.
The sample will now be stowed away for the trip back to Earth.
It will be a couple of years before the spacecraft makes it back to our planet.
Last week, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft pulled off a feat that it had never attempted before. After spending months orbiting the space rock known as Bennu, the probe touched down on the asteroid and attempted to snatch a sample of its material. Now, several days later, we...
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OSIRIS-REx spacecraft goes for early stow of asteroid sample

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft goes for early stow of asteroid sample

28 days ago   |   By Phys.org

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early stow on Tuesday, Oct. 27, of the large sample it collected last week from the surface of the asteroid Bennu to protect and return as much of the sample as possible.
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