NASA's OSIRIS-REx set to return to Earth on Sep 24 with 1st-ever asteroid samples
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is preparing to return to Earth on September 24 with the first-ever US asteroid sample. The spacecraft will deliver an estimated 8.8 ounces of material collected from the surface of asteroid Bennu. The capsule is scheduled to land in a Utah desert, but the trajectory and velocity must be precise to prevent the samples from being lost in space or burning up in Earth's atmosphere.
Spacecraft drops cargo to Earth after plucking material from asteroid
A space capsule that grabbed fragments from the asteroid Bennu arrived back on Earth Sunday, touching down in Utah after a mission that began seven years ago. Canada will get some of the celestial bounty from Bennu.
NASA's First Asteroid Sample On Track For Sunday Parachute Landing In Utah
A NASA space capsule carrying a sample of rocky material plucked from the surface of an asteroid three years ago hurtled toward Earth this weekend headed for a fiery plunge through the atmosphere and a parachute landing in the Utah desert on Sunday. Weather forecasts were favourable and the robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx was on course to release the sample-return capsule for final descent as planned, with no further adjustments to its flight path…
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