NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft was launched on September 8, 2016 to collect and return samples from a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. This mission is the first US mission to succeed in collecting a sample from an asteroid. This mission will help scientists improve understanding of asteroids, the origin of planets and life. Its return journey to the Earth, which is to be completed in 2023, commenced recently.


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