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NASA asteroid probe stores space rock samples to return to Earth



The image on the left shows the collector head of OSIRIS-REx hovering on the sample return capsule (SRC) after the probe’s robotic arm has moved it to the correct capture position. The picture on the right shows the collector head fixed to the capture ring in the SRC. Both images were captured by OSIRIS-REx’s StowCam camera. (Photo credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin)

NASA’s pioneering OSIRIS-REx probe has returned its precious asteroid samples to Earth.

Task force members announced on Thursday (October 29) that OSIRIS-REx has completed the storage of the carbon-rich asteroid Bennu captured last Tuesday (October 20) and successfully locked it in the spacecraft The return cabin.


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