OSIRIS-REx probe launched to asteroid in compelling search for the origins of life

September 9, 2016 1:16 AM

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CAPE CANAVERAL — Like reaching back in time to examine the conditions that existed in the ancient solar system, NASA today launched a robotic probe to visit Asteroid Bennu and return an unspoiled sample of the primitive body that may hold the seeds of life.

“We’re going to an asteroid that represents the first building blocks of the planets in our solar system,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator with the University of Arizona.

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