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22nd of October 2020
OSIRIS-REx touches down on Bennu
NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid is the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx. The satellite briefly touched down on the asteroid Bennu yesterday, collecting somewhere between 60g and 2kg of material from the asteroid's surface. During the critical touchdown stages, uplink to and downlink from the satellite was via the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. The image above is a mosaic image of Bennu, composed of 12 images collected in December 2018 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 24km. (Image credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)

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