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Bye Bye, Bennu: NASA Heads Back to Earth With Asteroid Stash in Tow – The New York Times

The OSIRIS-REX mission will spend two years cruising home with space rock samples that could unlock secrets of the early solar system.



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OSIRIS-REX the name is a shortening of Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer launched in September 2016 and arrived at Bennu in December 2018. Its observations included a surprise: Bennu was shooting debris from its surface into space.
The main objective of the mission, to collect a sample of Bennu, was a challenge because the surface was far rockier than expected. The team needed to devise a new way to guide the 20-foot-wide spacecraft to a target…

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