Touching an Asteroid: The Science Behind NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission

September 7, 2016 5:01 PM

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Touching an Asteroid: The Science Behind NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's sending a probe to an asteroid, and when that new spacecraft reaches its destination, it will usher in a new era of understanding of the early solar system, a panel said.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, launching tomorrow (Sept. 8), will explore the asteroid Bennu, searching for traces of the material that helped to build the sun and the early planets. Eventually, the spacecraft will ...

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