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Footage from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Sample Collection from Asteroid Bennu #SpaceSaturday

On October 22nd, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft landed briefly on an asteroid. The mission was played live and recorded, and the footage is glorious. The sense of wonder in space exploration can still be found in moments like this. Here’s more from Spaceflight Now:

But it will take another week for ground teams to get a reasonably precise estimate of how much material OSIRIS-REx captured during its touch and go landing Tuesday on asteroid Bennu, a loosely-assembled clump of carbon-rich rock and dust spanning a third of a mile (about 500 meters) wide.

The diamond-shaped mini-world was the destination for NASA’s $1 billion Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer, which aims to become the first U.S. spacecraft to complete a round-trip journey to an asteroid.

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