NASA Asteroid Sampler Nails Touch-And-Go Maneuver

Asteroid Bennu
A mosaic of Asteroid Bennu from 12 images taken by NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft at a distance of 15 mi.
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
Flying autonomously more than 200 million mi. from Earth, NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft made a delicate and brief descent to the rocky surface of the small asteroid Bennu, aiming to collect a few pounds of pebbles and soil for return to Earth, the first such sample-return mission for the U.S. The 4.5...

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