US Spacecraft Diving to Asteroid for Rare Rubble Grab

It is America's first attempt to gather samples from an asteroid.

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This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended toward the surface of an asteroid 200 million miles away to collect a handful of rubble for return to Earth. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft dropped out of orbit around asteroid Bennu right on time, beginning a 4 1/2-hour plunge to the rough, boulder-covered face of the ancient space rock. It was America’s first attempt to gather samples from an asteroid, something already accomplished by Japan — twice.…

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