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Osiris-Rex mission on course for asteroid sample collection – The Guardian

Nasa spacecraft makes final preparations to gather material from Bennu’s surface in October

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Nasas Osiris-Rex (origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security, regolith explorer) asteroid mission has performed its final practice run for its forthcoming sample collection manoeuvre.
The spacecraft is 288m km from Earth, in orbit around the asteroid Bennu. On 20 October it is scheduled to descend and touch the asteroid, where it will collect material from the surface.
Asteroids are ancient celestial objects that date from the formation of the solar system. They can th…

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