NASA works to head off losing too much Osiris-Rex asteroid dust

Washington (AFP) – NASA said Friday that its robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex had succeeded in collecting a large sample of particles from the Bennu asteroid this week — but so much that it was leaking.The team in charge of the probe is now working to quickly stow the remaining samples that would eventually be delivered back to Earth to provide key scientific insights.”A substantial fraction of the required collected mass is seen escaping,” mission chief Dante Lauretta said in a phone briefing with journalists.Osiris-Rex is set to come home in September 2023, hopefully with the largest sample re…

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