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NASA s plan to collect the first sample from an asteroid finds its target

(CNN)NASA s OSIRIS-REx is on a mission to bring back the first sample from an asteroid, and the team behind it has found the perfect place to collect that material. NASA announced Thursday that they ve identified the Nightingale location, within a crater on the near-Earth asteroid Bennu s northern hemisphere. The goal is for OSIRIS-Rex to retrieve a sample in 2020 and return it to Earth by 2023. Once collected, the sample will consist of about 30 sugar packets worth of material. Since arriving at the asteroid last December, NASA s OSIRIS-REx mission has been mapping its surface to determine the best spot to collect samples next year. But Bennu, which is 70 million miles from Earth, has...


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