NASA spacecraft collects sample from nearby asteroid Bennu

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REX spacecraft has made a big cosmic feat, collecting samples from the asteroid Bennu. The robotic probe will vacuum up some gravel, then haul the sample back to earth. These bite-sized bits of ancient space rock could hold clues to the origin of life. Delivery of the precious asteroid pieces – won’t be until 2023. On board the spacecraft is the OSIRIS-Rex Laser Altimeter (OLA), a lidar (light detection and ranging) system that will allow it to map the asteroid. After scanning it will be able to produce a 3D model of Bennu giving scientists a better understanding of the asteroid’s topography and evolution. Mike Drolet explains the complex mission, and the answers Bennu could provide. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: #NASA #Space #SpaceNews #GlobalNews

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