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Astronaut requirements changing rapidly with private spaceflyers, long-duration missions – Space.com

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NASA’s 2017 Class of Astronauts participate in graduation ceremonies at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2020. This is the first class to graduate under the Artemis program, and the 13 astronauts are now eligible for assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars. (Image credit: NASA)
Being an astronaut of the 2020s will be completely different than it was for any astronaut that came before, a panel of spacef…

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OSIRIS-REx overflows with asteroid samples after bagging bounty from Bennu – Spaceflight Now

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Captured by the spacecrafts SamCam camera on Oct. 22, 2020, this series of three images shows that the sampler head on NASAs OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. They show also that some of these particles are slowly escaping the sampler head. Credit: NASA
The sampling mechanism on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is stuffed with specimens captured from asteroid Bennu earlier this week — so full that some of the rocks are floating out into…

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NASA robotic arm overflowing with spoils of asteroid Bennu theft – CNET

NASA bumped into a space rock this week and collected so much of it that larger rocks seemed to fail to make it all the way inside its spacecraft’s sampling arm….

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The spacecraft’s sampling arm, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, over the target sample site during a dress rehearsal in April. 
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NASA’s asteroid-chaser Osiris-Rex completed a key part of its mission this week by managing to nab some rocks from the surface of the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu, NASA reported Friday.
The spacecraft traveled over 200 million miles and four years to briefly bump into Bennu, blast it with compressed gas and collect bits of its surface….

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Overstuffed Nasa spacecraft Osiris-Rex losing particles after bingeing on Bennu – The Guardian

After an asteroid encounter, scientists scrambled to minimize the loss of space rocks as the craft belched rubble

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A Nasa spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this weeks grab that its jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said on Friday.
Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu 200m miles away.
The missions lead scientist, Dante Lauretta, said Tuesdays operation collected far more material than expected for return to Earth in the hundreds of grams. The sample container on the end of the…

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