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NASA’s asteroid probe collects space rock samples to return to Earth



The image on the left shows the OSIRIS-REx receiver hovering over the Sample Return Box (SRC) after the probe’s robotic arm has moved it to the appropriate position for shooting. The right image shows the receiver securely attached to the shooting ring in the SRC. Both images were taken by the StowCam camera of OSIRIS-REx. (Photo credit: NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona / Lockheed Martin)

NASA’s pioneering OSIRIS-REx probe has packed its precious asteroid sample back to Earth.

OSIRIS-REx has completed aligning the bits of the carbon-rich asteroid Bennu it captured last Tuesday (October 20), successfully locking the material into the spacecraft’s back cavity, Mission group announced on Thursday (October 29).


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