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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Is About to TAG an Asteroid: 10 Things to Know About Bennu – SciTechDaily

NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on December 3, 2018. This mission, the Origins, Spec…

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This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018, by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on December 3, 2018. This mission, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, is a seven-year long voyage set to conclude …

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The BepiColombo Probe Just Took a Ridiculously Close Video of Venus as It Flew By – ScienceAlert

Two years after it left Earth, Mercury probe BepiColombo has completed the first of its first flybys of Venus. The manoeuvre is designed to give the spacecraft…

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Two years after it left Earth, Mercury probe BepiColombo has completed the first of its first flybys of Venus. The manoeuvre is designed to give the spacecraft a boost on its journey – but it’s also too good an opportunity to pass up for a little science.
As it swung around the planet on a curved trajectory, BepiColombo gave its instruments a workout, testing their functionality for a taste of what the spacecraft will do in Mercury orbit and collecting some data on Venus  recently in the news for…

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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft – Fox News

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A NASAspacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday.
Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu, NASA’s first attempt at such a mission.
The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, said Tuesday’s operation 200 million miles away collected far more material than…

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins casts 2020 vote from space – New York Post

To infinity and the polls. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins cast her vote in the 2020 elections from space. Rubins voted via a secure electronic voting booth abroad the…

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To infinity and the polls.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins cast her vote in the 2020 elections from space.
Rubins voted via a secure electronic voting booth abroad the International Space Station and she posted a happy photo to Twitter this week after performing her civic duty.
In 1997 Texas passed a law allowing astronauts to vote during “spaceflight.” Many US astronauts are registered to vote in the Lone Star State, which is home to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Rubins began a six-month stay…

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