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A NASA probe successfully collected 2 oz. of space rock from a distant asteroid and is blasting its way back to Earth – Business Insider Australia

OSIRIS-REx thrust away from an asteroid called Bennu on Monday, and aims to circle the sun twice before reaching Earth, NASA said.

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  • A NASA spacecraft carrying samples from an asteroid began a journey back to Earth on Monday.
  • OSIRIS-REx is carrying a 56.70g. sample from the surface of an asteroid called Bennu.
  • It is the largest sample collected since the Apollo moon missions. It’s due to arrive in 2023.
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A spacecraft carrying around 56.70g of dust from the surface of an asteroid is on its way back to Earth.
The spacecraft, called OSIRIS-REx, launched its thrusters for 7 minutes on Monday…

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