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Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return – Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to …

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble.
The drama unfolds Tuesday as the U.S. takes its first crack at collecting asteroid samples for return to Earth, a feat accomplished so far only by Japan.
Brimming with names inspired by Egyptian mythology, the Osiris-Rex mission is looking to bring back at…

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‘Lost’ tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific – Space.com

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Scientists have reconstructed a long-lost tectonic plate
that may have given rise to an arc of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean 60 million years ago. 
The plate, dubbed Resurrection, has long been controversial among geophysicists, as some believe it never existed. But the new reconstruction puts the edge of the rocky plate along a line of known ancient volcanoes
, suggesting that it was once part of the crust (Earth’s top layer) in what is today northern Canada. 
“Volcanoes form at plate boundaries,…

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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples due to jammed door – Al Jazeera English

Images beamed back to ground control revealed it caught more material than scientists anticipated.

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A US probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged in the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space.
On Tuesday, the robotic arm of the probe, OSIRIS-REx, kicked up a debris cloud of rocks on Bennu, a skyscraper-sized asteroid some 320 million kilometres (200 million miles) from Earth and trapped the material in a collection device for the return to Earth.
But images of the spacecrafts collection head beamed back…

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OSIRIS-REx overflows with asteroid samples after bagging bounty from Bennu – Spaceflight Now

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Captured by the spacecrafts SamCam camera on Oct. 22, 2020, this series of three images shows that the sampler head on NASAs OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. They show also that some of these particles are slowly escaping the sampler head. Credit: NASA
The sampling mechanism on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is stuffed with specimens captured from asteroid Bennu earlier this week — so full that some of the rocks are floating out into…

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