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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Successfully Launched

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Successfully Launched

Last night, NASA successfully launched their first asteroid sample return mission. OSIRIS-REx, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, will travel to a potentially dangerous asteroid known as Bennu and collect a sample to bring back to Earth for testing. The spacecraft is in excellent health and should arrive at Bennu in two years' time.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/08/us/osiris-rex-nasa-asteroid-mission/

From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

OSIRIS-REx is destined to blast off to Bennu, an Asteroid near Earth, to collect 4.5 billion year old space dust. Like every other space mission, the objective is to find any characteristics that could suggest life in the universe. Jim Harris, a Lockheed Martin engineer, is the brainchild (brainadult?) behind the OSIRIS-REx.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-solo-cup-asteroid-nasa-space.html

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