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Tales of 2 Rugged Asteroids and 1 Is Spewing Debris Into Space

19 Mar 2019, 22:05 UTC
Tales of 2 Rugged Asteroids and 1 Is Spewing Debris Into Space JAXA/EPA, via Shutterstoc, left; NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

HOUSTON — The asteroid Bennu, with the shape of a spinning top, turns out to be extremely rugged. That is going to make it difficult for a NASA spacecraft, Osiris-Rex, to vacuum up a sample to take back to Earth. It was designed to collect sand and gravel, not boulders. In addition, Bennu is shooting back.

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