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OSIRIS-REx samples safely stowed
Posted: Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 12:54 PM ET (1754 GMT)
OSIRIS-REx sample container stowed (NASA/GSFC/U. Az.) A canister holding samples collected from the surface of an asteroid is now safely stowed in a NASA spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collected the samples from the surface of the asteroid Bennu last week, but NASA moved up plans to stow the container in a sample return capsule after images showed material from the asteroid leaking out. Project officials said Thursday that the canister is now sealed in the sample return capsule, and that they lost only "tens of grams" of material out of at least one kilogram collected. OSIRIS-REx will leave the vicinity of Bennu in March, returning to Earth in September 2023.
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