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Goodbye, Asteroid Bennu, It’s Been Real – Gizmodo Australia

Yesterday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passed by the asteroid Bennu for the last time, ending its two-and-a-half-year relationship with the space rock. But OSIRIS-REx…

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Yesterday, NASAs OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passed by the asteroid Bennu for the last time, ending its two-and-a-half-year relationship with the space rock. But OSIRIS-REx is still lingering in the asteroids vicinity, as if hesitant to embark on its roughly 320-million-kilometre return to Earth. That trip will begin in early May.
OSIRIS-REx is carrying precious samples from the asteroid and should arrive back on Earth on September 24, 2023.
Leaving Bennus vicinity in May puts us in the sweet spot, when…

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