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OSIRIS-REx touches an ancient asteroid

10-22-2020


Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes a historic moment on October 20, 2020 when the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft touched an ancient asteroid.

OSIRIS-REx used a robotic arm to collect dust and rocks from the surface of Bennu, an asteroid that is more than 200 million miles from Earth.

The contents of Bennu will be delivered to Earth in 2023, and will give scientists a glimpse into the solar system when it was first developing billions of years ago. 

Video Credit: NASA Goddard

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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