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Hayabusa2 is getting close to home with its samples

Hayabusa2 is getting close to home with its samples

It's been a long time since we talked about the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2. About a year ago, Hayabusa2 landed on the asteroid Ryugu about 180 million miles away from Earth. The spacecraft is now very close to returning home with samples for further analysis.

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Scientists can’t eliminate the possibility that asteroid Apophis will hit the Earth

Scientists can’t eliminate the possibility that asteroid Apophis will hit the Earth

Many asteroids are floating around in space that NASA and other organizations are tracking. One of those asteroids is about the size of the Eiffel Tower and is called Apophis. Scientists recently said that they couldn't rule out that Apophis might impact the Earth in 2068.

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Earth has captured a new satellite for at least a few months

Earth has captured a new satellite for at least a few months

The Earth has captured something interesting in its gravity that will orbit our planet for a few months before it escapes and ultimately ends up in a solar orbit. The object it has captured isn't an asteroid. It's believed to be the Centaur upper stage rocket booster that helped pushed Surveyor 2 toward the moon in 1966. The object was first detected by the Pan-STARRS1 survey telescope on Maui in September.

The telescope noticed that the object followed a slightly but distinctly curved path in the sky, which was a sign of its proximity to the earth. The observed curvature is due to the observer's rotation around the Earth's axis as the planet spins. Initially, the object was believed to be an asteroid orbiting the sun and was given a standard designation by the Minor Planet Center of 2020 SO.

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NASA says OSIRIS-REx Bennu sample collection effort is finally over

NASA says OSIRIS-REx Bennu sample collection effort is finally over

After a few days of effort, NASA has confirmed that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has secured its Bennu asteroid sample payload, meaning that scientists will eventually get their hands on a pure few ounces of asteroid regolith. The news follows NASA's statement that though the Bennu touchdown and sampling event had been a success, some of the sampled material was leaking from a gap in the collection vessel.

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Asteroid 16 Psyche is possibly worth $10,000 quadrillion dollars

Asteroid 16 Psyche is possibly worth $10,000 quadrillion dollars

The Hubble Space Telescope discovered an asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter called 16 Psyche. The asteroid is approximately 230 million miles from Earth and is 140 miles across. Those dimensions make the asteroid roughly the size of West Virginia.

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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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