Osiris-Rex Takes Overgenerous Bite Of Asteroid Bennu

Osiris-Rex sample collector
Osiris-Rex’s sample collector was filled to overflowing after touching down on the surface of asteroid Bennu on Oct. 20, causing a mylar flap to become slightly wedged open and allowing some particles to escape. The flap—the black bulge on the left inside the ring—is designed to keep the collected material locked inside the sample collector. The unsealed areas appear to be caused by larger rocks that did not fully pass through the flap.
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin
A NASA press conference at 5 p.m. on a Friday is usually not good news, and sure enough the team overseeing the Osiris-Rex asteroid sample-return mission had a problem to discuss—one they loved. During its 6-sec. encounter with the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, the probe apparently had gathered so much...

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