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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft To Visit Asteroid Bennu Lanches From Cape Canaveral

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is waiting to lift of from its Cape Canaveral launch pad aboard an Atlas V rocket on a quest to visit the earthbound asteroid Bennu before it comes near the planet.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will launch Thursday night if the weather remains good and spend the next two years traveling out into the depths of space.

In 2020 it will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu, map it and land to take a sample before returning to Earth in 2022.

NASA scientists hope that by studying the sample they will be able to learn more about the origins of the solar system, but they also want make sure the space rock won’t strike the Earth when it returns in the late 22nd century.

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