NASA mission set to sample carbon-rich asteroid.

  title={NASA mission set to sample carbon-rich asteroid.},
  author={Paul Voosen},
  volume={370 6513},
  • P. Voosen
  • Published 9 October 2020
  • Physics, Geology
  • Science
On 20 October, after several years of patient study of its enigmatic target, NASA9s $800 million Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will finally stretch out its robotic arm, swoop to the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, and sweep up some dust and pebbles. If successful, OSIRIS-REx could steal away with up to 1 kilogram of carbon-rich material from the dawn of the Solar System for return to Earth in 2023. Bennu…