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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure

26 Jan 2021, 15:48 UTC
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Plans for May Asteroid Departure NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

On May 10, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will say farewell to asteroid Bennu and begin its journey back to Earth. During its Oct. 20, 2020, sample collection event, the spacecraft collected a substantial amount of material from Bennu’s surface, likely exceeding the mission’s requirement of 2 ounces (60 grams). The spacecraft is scheduled to deliver the sample to Earth on Sep. 24, 2023.

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