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The OSIRIS-REx team selects a sample collection site on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-scattered surface.
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After more than a decade of work and much anticipation, the UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will swipe a sample from the asteroid Bennu's rocky surface in October.
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft got within 200 feet of the asteroid Bennu during a practice run for the NASA mission. The spacecraft will grab a sample from Bennu's surface in late summer.
The OSIRIS-REx mission team evaluated four candidate sites and identified site Nightingale as the best option for the sample collection, with site Osprey named as the backup.