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Nasa Aims at an Asteroid Holding Clues to the Solar System's Roots

Osiris-Rex robotic spacecraft

The Osiris-Rex robotic spacecraft is set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. In July 2020, it is to slowly descend to the asteroid Bennu and then move like a pogo stick on its surface, grabbing a sample.

Credit: Mike Brown/Reuters

For the next two years, NASA's latest robotic spacecraft will be chasing down an asteroid near Earth in the hopes of scooping up some of the most primordial bits of the solar system.

From The New York Times
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