Bennu asteroid nearly ate NASA’s sample spacecraft

Bennu asteroid nearly ate NASA’s sample spacecraft

NASA’s asteroid-sampling spacecraft had a near-death experience at Bennu, according to the mission team.

In October 2020, the agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft nearly sank into the asteroid’s surface in rubble while picking up rocks to ship to Earth in 2023, team members revealed Thursday, July 7. . The spaceship only escaped being stuck or oblivion within Bennu by firing its thrusters at the right time.

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