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NASA secures sample of asteroid Bennu to send home to Earth – CNET

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft grabbed so much space gravel its container started overflowing and the sample had to be put away early.



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The spacecraft’s sampling arm, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, over the target sample site during a dress rehearsal in April. 
NASA’s asteroid chaser Osiris-Rex completed a key part of its mission last week by managing to nab rocks from the surface of the potentially hazardous space rock Bennu. The sample was so abundant it started leaking into space, prompting an early stow maneuver the mission team reported on Thursday was successful.
The spacecraft traveled over 200…

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