OSIRIS-Rex’s Dante Lauretta shares final preparations for the asteroid’s sample return on September 24

A NASA spacecraft approaches Earth in fast delivery mode. In fact, it’s a “throw-a-throw” mission – transporting extraterrestrial cargo from a space rock considered a potential security risk on Earth.

Launched in September 2016, NASA’s Assets, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security Regolith Explorer (Osiris Rex) The spacecraft carries a collection of asteroid bits and pieces. They were recovered from Asteroid Bennuan ancient rubble pile of odds and ends from the early days of the solar system’s creation some 4.5 billion years ago.

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