Greedy grabber: NASA scrambles to return jam-packed asteroid sampler to Earth as rock dust escapes from ship's overstuffed ‘belly'

Posted On: Oct 24, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

Greedy grabber: NASA scrambles to return jam-packed asteroid sampler to Earth as rock dust escapes from ship's overstuffed ‘belly'

NASA is rushing to make a 200 million mile trek back to Earth after an asteroid-sampling spacecraft bit off more than it could chew, unable to contain an oversized haul of alien rubble as its priceless cargo escapes into space.
Three days after touching down on asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of miles away from home, NASA said its Osiris-Rex spacecraft had become so engorged with asteroid fragments that debris is now leaking from its storage compartment.
“We're almost a victim of our own success here,” said Dante Lauretta, lead scientist on the mission, NASA's first-ever attempt to mine a sample from the surface of an asteroid.
Today at 5pm ET: Dr ThomasZ of NASAScience & OSIRISREx principal investigator Dante Lauretta provide an update to discuss what they know about the sample collected during the spacecraft's TAG attempt on Tues., Oct. 20. More pic.twitter.com/ORoswuE2UM - NASA October 23, 2020
The Osiris-Rex craft - short for the “Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource...

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