OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule Lands in the Utah Desert - Nasa daily picture for September 25 (2023)

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View from above of a desert landscape with brush. The red and white striped parachute that slowed the descent of the Sample Return Capsule is on the ground near the upper left and the black capsule is near the center of the image.

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

Source: www.nasa.gov


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