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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft – Sydney Morning Herald

The sample container on the end of the robot arm penetrated so deeply into the asteroid and with such force that rocks became wedged around the rim of the lid.



We’re almost a victim of our own success here, Lauretta said at a hastily arranged news conference.
Lauretta said there is nothing flight controllers can do to clear the obstructions and prevent more bits of Bennu from escaping, other than to get the samples into their return capsule as soon as possible.
The asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft. Credit:AP
So, the flight team was scrambling to put the sample container into the capsule as early as Tuesday much sooner than originally planned…

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