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Nov 2, 2020

Astronomy Cast Ep. 584: Sample Return Missions From Asteroids

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

So with a sample of asteroid Bennu firmly inside OSIRIS-REx's return capsule, it's time to bring this treasure home. So scientists can study the composition and history of the space rock. But it's not the only sample return mission out there, with Japan's Hyabusa II mission also bringing asteroid debris home. So today, let's talk about the missions and what we've learned so far.