The sample return capsule from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is seen shortly after touching down in the desert, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, at the Department of Defense’s Utah Test and Training Range. The sample was collected from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020 by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

The Bennu sample – an estimated 8.8 ounces, or 250 grams – will be transported in its unopened canister by aircraft to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Monday, Sept. 25. Curation scientists there will disassemble the canister, extract and weigh the sample, create an inventory of the rocks and dust, and, over time, distribute pieces of Bennu to scientists worldwide.

Photo Credit: NASA/Keegan Barber

2023年9月24日,星期日,NASA OSIRIS-REx任务的样本返回舱在美国国防部犹他州测试训练场着陆后不久。该样本于2020年10月由NASA的OSIRIS-REx航天器从小行星贝努采集。


影像来源:NASA/Keegan Barber