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NASA scientists secure pristine samples from the asteroid Bennu in spacecraft OSIRIS-REx – ABC News

Scientists were hoping to bring about 60 grams of asteroid back to Earth to study and their plans almost went awry when their probe managed to grab almost 2 kilograms…



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A NASA spacecraft sent to collect pristine asteroid samples has secured about 2 kilograms of material despite losing some of its precious loot because of a jammed lid, scientists say.
Key points:

  • It took scientists 36 hours to stow the asteroid material
  • Bennu is one of only 26 of the 500,000 known asteroids between Earth and Mars on which a spacecraft can land
  • It is thought to be rich in the building blocks of life such as carbon and water

They won’t know the precise amount of the cosmic haul from…

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