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NASA's Osiris-Rex tucks asteroid samples into capsule for return to Earth

 

  • A NASA spacecraft tucked more than 2 kilograms of asteroid samples into a capsule for return to Earth after losing some of its precious loot because of a jammed lid.
  • They won’t know the precise amount of the cosmic haul from asteroid Bennu, more than 322 million kilometers away, until the capsule parachutes into the Utah desert in 2023.
  • “We’ve still got a lot of work to do” to get the samples back safely, said lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona.