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NASA asteroid sample parachutes safely onto Utah desert

After touchdown, the capsule laid nose-down on the sandy floor of the Utah desert.

The return capsule containing a sample collected from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020 by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is seen shortly after touching down in the desert at the Department of Defense's Utah Test and Training Range in Dugway, Utah, U.S. September 24, 2023. NASA/Keegan Barber/Handout via REUTERS (via REUTERS)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 01:30 PM IST
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NASA's 1st asteroid sample parachutes into Utah desert: Details about OSIRIS-REx

OSIRIS-REx collected its specimen three years ago from Bennu, a small, carbon-rich asteroid discovered in 1999.

NASA safety team members prepare the Osiris-Rex asteroid sample return craft sitting in the Utah desert at Dugway.(AFP)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 10:19 PM IST
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Asteroid Bennu may reveal secrets of life on Earth. Its sample will have…

The sample from asteroid Bennu was collected in 2020, four years after the mission took off. The container will be opened soon.

Undated image provided by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu seen from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.(AP)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 10:02 PM IST

NASA's capsule with asteroid samples returns to Earth

NASA's asteroid sample return mission: NASA's capsule carrying asteroid sample returns to Earth, providing insight into planet and solar system formation.

This is NASA's first asteroid sample return mission.(NASA)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 09:25 PM IST

All about asteroid Bennu, a ticking n-bomb and NASA's mission to prevent it

Asteroid Bennu, termed one of the two most hazardous asteroids in our solar system, will be hitting the Earth and NASA is doing it all to prevent the collision.

This undated image provided by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu seen from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly by Earth and drop off what is expected to be at least a cupful of rubble it grabbed from Bennu, closing out a seven-year quest. (AP via NASA)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 07:02 PM IST
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