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OSIRIS-REx asteroid samples will land on Earth in 2023

Six years and greater than 200 million miles later, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is lastly on its means residence from the asteroid Bennu. In just below a yr, on Sept. 24, 2023, the mission’s pattern collector — a basket filled with asteroid mud and rocks — will return to Earth’s floor, whereas the spacecraft itself zooms on to its subsequent vacation spot.

This week on the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2022 Fall Assembly held in Chicago and just about, planetary scientists gathered to debate what to anticipate from subsequent yr’s OSIRIS-REx pattern return. Their new yr’s decision? To get this asteroid pattern residence and right into a lab safely, preserving it for many years of science to come back.



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