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OSIRIS-REx asteroid samples will land on Earth in 2023

Six years and more than 200 million miles later, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is finally on its way home from the asteroid Bennu. In just under a year, on Sept. 24, 2023, the mission’s sample collector — a basket full of asteroid dust and rocks — will return to Earth’s surface, while the spacecraft itself zooms on to its next destination.

This week at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2022 Fall Meeting held in Chicago and virtually, planetary scientists gathered to discuss what to expect from next year’s OSIRIS-REx sample return. Their new year’s resolution? To get this asteroid sample home and into a lab safely, preserving it for decades of science to come.

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