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NASA says Bennu asteroid sample is leaking, but it has good news

NASA says Bennu asteroid sample is leaking, but it has good news

NASA has shared a new series of images featuring OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft that successfully nabbed a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu. These images show some of the collected material, including larger rocks, escaping from the collection tool on the spacecraft -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. According to the space agency, scientists have a good reason to believe the Bennu sample is 'plentiful.'

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NASA video shows OSIRIS-REx touchdown on Bennu

NASA video shows OSIRIS-REx touchdown on Bennu

A couple of days ago, NASA announced that its asteroid-sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx successfully collected samples from the surface of asteroid Bennu. NASA has now released a video collected from the SamCam imager board the spacecraft as OSIRIS-REx performed its Touch-And-Go (TAG) maneuver. The series of images in the video shows the spacecraft touchdown on the asteroid surface over 200 million miles away from Earth.

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NASA will broadcast OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample collection attempt

NASA will broadcast OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample collection attempt

NASA has announced that it will broadcast coverage of OSIRIS-REx as it attempts to collect a sample from the surface of an asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, October 20, at 6:12 PM EDT. Live coverage of the spacecraft's descent to the asteroid surface for its TAG or Touch-And-Go maneuver will be broadcast on NASA Television and via the NASA website.

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NASA says Bennu data hints at an unprecedented asteroid sample

NASA says Bennu data hints at an unprecedented asteroid sample

Despite the pandemic, NASA is gearing up to conduct an asteroid sample mission later this month, an event that will -- assuming it is successful -- return some fine gravel from the asteroid Bennu to researchers on Earth. The space agency has spent many months studying the asteroid and collecting data, as well as several months scouting out the best locations from which to pluck the sample. In an update on the matter, NASA said a handful of newly published studies on the asteroid hint at exciting future discoveries.

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What scientists thought was an asteroid may be an old rocket

What scientists thought was an asteroid may be an old rocket

NASA asteroid expert Paul Chodas has discovered something very interesting about an asteroid that was expected to get stuck in orbit around the earth next month. It turns out the asteroid is not an asteroid at all. Rather, he thinks it's an old rocket from a failed moon landing decades ago. That failed mission happened 54 years ago, and the rocket is just now making its way back to earth.

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NASA says rocky asteroid Bennu is home to chunks of another asteroid

NASA says rocky asteroid Bennu is home to chunks of another asteroid

NASA has released the latest update on its OSIRI-REx mission, which involves a spacecraft that is closely orbiting a very rocky, somewhat angular asteroid called Bennu. The space agency explains that Bennu is an asteroid made of rubble from other space rocks; it is the result of some massive collision in the past. Studying the rubble has revealed the presence of meteorites that originated from another -- and much larger -- asteroid nearby.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx mission has one last step before asteroid touchdown

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission has one last step before asteroid touchdown

NASA has announced that its OSIRIS-REx mission has one final step to complete before it can perform its planned touchdown on asteroid Bennu. The space agency plans to perform this final step -- a second rehearsal of the entire touchdown sequence -- on August 11, this one similar to the Checkpoint rehearsal it performed back in April. This upcoming rehearsal has been named 'Matchpoint.'

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx gets up close and personal with asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx gets up close and personal with asteroid Bennu

NASA brought its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft very close to the surface of rocky asteroid Bennu in preparation for its brief touchdown scheduled to take place in October. During this latest mission milestone, NASA says its spacecraft came the closest to Bennu thus far in its mission in order to capture high-resolution images of the backup landing site selected for a future sample collection effort.

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NASA says a big asteroid will fly by Earth tomorrow, but don’t panic

NASA says a big asteroid will fly by Earth tomorrow, but don’t panic

NASA has announced another asteroid flyby, one that will take place tomorrow, June 6. The event is notable because the asteroid will come close to Earth, relatively speaking. That doesn't mean the planet is at risk, however -- the space agency says there's no need to panic because there's zero chance the asteroid will hit the planet. How does NASA know for sure?

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Dinosaur killing asteroid hit the Earth at the “deadliest possible” angle

Dinosaur killing asteroid hit the Earth at the “deadliest possible” angle

New computer simulations from Imperial College London have looked at the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. The simulations reveal that the asteroid that struck the Earth hit at the "deadliest possible" angle. Scientists say that the new computer simulations show that the asteroid hit the Earth at an angle of about 60 degrees, maximizing the amount of climate-changing gases thrown into the upper atmosphere.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA's ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission, which aims to collect a physical sample from the asteroid Bennu, finally has a date for the first touchdown attempt. Later this year, according to the space agency, its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touchdown at a previously determined location, collect some sample materials from the asteroid's surface, then return to space, eventually bringing that sample back to Earth.

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Hayabusa2 data is revealing secrets about Ryugu

Hayabusa2 data is revealing secrets about Ryugu

The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down briefly on the surface of the asteroid known as Ryugu in February and July 2019. During those brief touchdowns, the readings the spacecraft took with its instruments are giving researchers new insight into the physical and chemical properties of the asteroid. Scientists say that findings could help explain the history of Ryugu and other asteroids as well as the solar system.

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