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(9News (Australia))   Asteroid samples from Bennu finally ready for return to Earth in 2023. Well what's left of the samples anyway   (9news.com.au) divider line
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2020-10-30 6:14:09 AM  
Over a kilogram of material was collected in the October 20 encounter. With nearly two pounds of the sample secured on board the spacecraft, OSIRIS-REX will transport the 24 ounces back to Earth, where NASA will retrieve the 600 grams and allow scientists to analyze the pound-or-so of rock and dust...
 
2020-10-30 9:41:28 AM  

FarkOf40000Years: Over a kilogram of material was collected in the October 20 encounter. With nearly two pounds of the sample secured on board the spacecraft, OSIRIS-REX will transport the 24 ounces back to Earth, where NASA will retrieve the 600 grams and allow scientists to analyze the pound-or-so of rock and dust...


Lol. Sounds like the police making a cash discovery at an arrest.
 
2020-10-30 10:05:15 AM  
I'm just glad they were able to stow it in the return capsule before they lost too much. And from the looks of it, even with the losses, the sample is going to be at least 10 times more than the minimum mission requirement. All in all, I'd say the sample collection mechanism worked surprisingly well, considering how different the mission realities were from the expected parameters. They were expecting fine sand, but found nothing but gravel and boulders. The one-way flaps on the collector didn't work perfectly, but they did good enough under the circumstances.
 
2020-10-30 10:28:59 AM  

Metaluna Mutant: FarkOf40000Years: Over a kilogram of material was collected in the October 20 encounter. With nearly two pounds of the sample secured on board the spacecraft, OSIRIS-REX will transport the 24 ounces back to Earth, where NASA will retrieve the 600 grams and allow scientists to analyze the pound-or-so of rock and dust...

Lol. Sounds like the police making a cash discovery at an arrest.


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2020-10-30 10:45:11 AM  
I'd sample Aunt Bennu, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

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