Nasa spacecraft collects cosmic dust from potentially hazardous asteroid | ITV News

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Published on 21 Oct 2020, 21:38
A Nasa-led spacecraft declared touchdown 200 million miles away, as it scooped up cosmic dust from a potentially hazardous asteroid.

The OSIRIS-REx made a Touch-And-Go trip to the asteroid Bennu, collecting a small sample of dust and gravel.

Ground controllers in Denver directed the spacecraft’s robotic arm to complete the risky procedure which took four and a half hours.

The material plans to be returned back to Earth in 2023 and scientists hope it will help them find out how our solar system was formed.

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