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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collection

NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collection

10/24/2020 9:05:00 AM

NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collection

The U.S. probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday.

But images of the spacecraft’s collection head beamed back to ground control revealed it had caught more material than scientists anticipated and was spewing an excess of flaky asteroid rocks into space.The leakage had the OSIRIS-REx mission team scrambling to stow the collection device to prevent additional spillage.”Time is of the essence,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science, told reporters. Zurbuchen said mission teams will skip their chance to measure how much material they collected as originally planned and proceed to the stow phase, a fragile process of tucking the sample collection container in a safe position within the spacecraft without jostling out more valuable material.NASA will not know how much material it collected until the sample capsule returns in 2023. The troubleshooting also led mission leaders to forgo any more chances of redoing a collection attempt and instead commit to begin the spacecraft’s return to Earth next March. “Quite honestly, we could not have performed a better collection experiment,” OSIRIS-REx principle investigator Dante Lauretta told reporters, affirming a hearty sample size.

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But with the door lodged open by a rock and the “concerning” images of sample spillage, “we’re almost the victim of our own success here,” he added. The roughly $800 million, minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, launched in 2016 to grab and return the first U.S. sample of pristine asteroid materials. Japan is the only other country to have accomplished such a feat.Asteroids are among the leftover debris from the solar system’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago. A sample could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists say.

Reporting by Joey Roulette in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and William Mallard Read more: Reuters Top News »

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If one of the rocks from their sample comes and hits my house, do they gotta pay? Is this just a ultra high res black and white picture of a potato? What is the MEANING OF JUSTICE? HUMAN RIGHTS? HOT DELIVERANCE FROM WITCHCRAFT: “SPELLS, CHARMS, HEXES, CURSES, BEWITCHMENT, VOODOO, SORCERY, MAGIC AMUN-RA-ATUM 🌞-RA

👽っ🍔🍟 Wait a minute. So the planet is in isolation and quarantine and they are sending a rocket of leaking outer space material back to earth. What was that movie called? People always ask, why do we send humans into space when we have automated probes? THIS is the answer. Humans are the most versatile problem-solvers and useful pair of hands ever. We wouldn’t be dribbling asteroid dust across the universe if a human were there to fix it!

Well, you just turn yourself around and march right back to that asteroid and get a new sample, young probe! Or no supper for you! Please help! Please retweet/share! 8-months-old baby Joshua is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia, a type of blood cancer. His life is dependent on chemotherapy & a stem cell transplant. Help Joshua's family in offsetting the cost of his treatment here:

Lockheed Martin designed it? All they're good at is lobbying. NASA should understand collecting artifacts is not for this century.....there is no time we have to start mining asteroids then moon, mars and so on to survive I strongly recommend watching the NOVA episode on PBS concerning this mission before replying with such ignorant statements! 🙄

So we're littering? “It’s definitely a rock” - A probe Ah, please stop. 😐 Smash and grab is not generally the best way to do science. NASA It’s the size of a refrigerator. Don’t panic please

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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collectionThe U.S. probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday. So it's like a kid with too much Halloween candy. Got it 🎃 1234gurtej Same thing happened at my last physical.

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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collectionThe U.S. probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday. So it's like a kid with too much Halloween candy. Got it 🎃 1234gurtej Same thing happened at my last physical.