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Asteroid Sampler Placed Atop Atlas V for Launch

31 Aug 2016, 12:28 UTC
Asteroid Sampler Placed Atop Atlas V for Launch
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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was lifted into the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 and bolted into place on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V on Monday. The spacecraft, enclosed in a protective fairing, is to liftoff aboard the rocket on Sept. 8 to begin its mission to survey an asteroid called Bennu and then take a small sample from its surface and send that sample to Earth for analysis.

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