NASA wants to snag a piece of an asteroid, and a new mission launching Thursday is designed to do just that.
The space agency’s uncrewed OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will speed toward a meet up with the giant asteroid Bennu after its launch, expected at 7:05 p.m. ET Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
It will take seven years for the spacecraft to reach the asteroid.
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The mission, a first of its kind for NASA but the third such mission launched worldwide in the last 15 years, should deliver a sample of the asteroid back to Earth by 2023, potentially revealing more about the origins of our planet — and even life — than ever before. Read more…More about Science, Alien Life, Sample Return, Asteroids, and Nasa
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