NASA will snatch an asteroid sample with a flying robotic arm next week


NASA is getting ready to bring an asteroid back to Earth. But not quite on the scale you might expect if you’re picturing a spacecraft hauling a giant space rock. Next Tuesday, the OSIRIS-REx (origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security, regolith explorer) robotic spacecraft will take a sample of an asteroid called 101955 Bennu, and then bring it home — or, at least, upward of 60 grams of it.

source: Digital Trends

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