Next Stop, Bennu! NASA Launches Bold Asteroid-Sampling Mission

September 8, 2016 11:37 PM

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Next Stop, Bennu! NASA Launches Bold Asteroid-Sampling Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's bold mission to bring pieces of an asteroid down to Earth has taken flight.

The agency's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here today (Sept. 8) at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT), riding a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket into an evening sky suffused with golden light.

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