Asteroid Sampling Mission Gets Green Light

NASA’s first mission to rendezvous with an asteroid and return a sample to Earth was given the green light to proceed into the development stage May 15 with the goal of a launch in 2016.

The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018 and return a sample of it to Earth in 2023.

“This means NASA believes we have an executable plan to return a sample from Bennu. It now falls on the project …

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