NASA set to launch near-Earth asteroid mission

September 8, 2016 11:45 AM

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NASA set to launch near-Earth asteroid mission

WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA is poised Thursday to launch its groundbreaking first mission to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples that could shed light on the dawn of the solar system.

Scientists hope the seven-year, $800 million mission will reveal something about the origins of the Bennu asteroid and of life itself.

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