OSIRIS-REx Performs Touch and Go On Asteroid Bennu Written 21 October 2020


Artist's rendition of OSIRIS-REx | NASA

Space News reports that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of the asteroid Bennu Tuesday at 6:12 p.m. Eastern Time.  The spacecraft quickly extended its sampling arm and “fired a burst of nitrogen gas to kick up fine material on the surface, trapping that material inside the device.”  The Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) remained on "the surface for several seconds before the spacecraft backed away from the asteroid as planned.”  The goal of the mission it to bring back at least 60 grams of material but it may take a while “before the project team knows how much material it collected.”
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