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Nasa’s Osiris-Rex probe aims for daring ‘high five’ with asteroid Bennu – RNZ

An American spacecraft is about to attempt the audacious task of grabbing rock samples from an asteroid.

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An American spacecraft is about to attempt the audacious task of grabbing rock samples from an asteroid.
Artwork: Osiris-Rex approaching the surface of Asteroid Bennu. Photo: NASA/GODDARD/UOA
The Osiris-Rex probe will lower itself on to the 500m-wide object known as Bennu – a carbonaceous asteroid – to make a contact that lasts no more than a few seconds.
But in the course of this “high-five” manoeuvre, the spacecraft will deliver a squirt of gas to stir up the surface.
And with luck, Osiris…

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