Did Asteroid Strikes Help Spur Life on Earth?

September 8, 2016 6:11 PM

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Did Asteroid Strikes Help Spur Life on Earth?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft is about to launch toward an asteroid whose cousins may have sparked the rise of life on Earth long ago.

The OSIRIS-REx probe is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT) Thursday (Sept. 8), kicking off a two-year journey to a 1,640-foot-wide (500 meters) asteroid named Bennu.

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