How NASA's trip to a small asteroid may answer big questions about the origins of life on Earth

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 12:31 in Astronomy & Space

Get ready for an interplanetary treasure hunt. On Thursday, NASA will launch its first mission to visit an asteroid and bring precious samples back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx, set to launch around 7:05 p.m. EDT, will head to Bennu, a dark rubble-pile of an asteroid that stretches 492 meters (1,614 feet)...

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