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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully taps an asteroid in attempt to a grab sample

The Verge Tuesday, 20 October 2020
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully taps an asteroid in attempt to a grab sampleImage: Lockheed Martin

This afternoon, a NASA spacecraft more than 200 million miles from Earth successfully touched the surface of an asteroid, in an attempt to grab a handful of pebbles and dust from the space rock. Data from the spacecraft confirmed that the vehicle did indeed touch the asteroid today, but NASA won’t know until tomorrow if it actually snagged a sample of material.

The spacecraft that just tapped the asteroid is OSIRIS-REx, and this sampling maneuver has been years in the making. The main purpose of the spacecraft is to bring a pristine sample of an asteroid back to Earth, so that scientists can study the material in a lab. Asteroids are considered to be primordial remnants of the early Solar System — objects that have remained relatively...
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A NASA spacecraft touches an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth in agency’s first sample return attempt. A NASA spacecraft successfully made a brief stop on an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth to collect a sample from its surface. The Osiris-Rex craft was attempting to collect a handful of...

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