The first U.S.-led mission to collect a small sample of an asteroid’s surface material is poised for launch next month. The $1 billion mission, dubbed Osiris-Rex, could shed light on the origins of life on Earth. It also could provide valuable information about the possibility that an asteroid collision could wipe out life on the planet. The solar-powered spacecraft—whose official name is the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resources Identification, Security-Regolith ...

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