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Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return – Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to …

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble.
The drama unfolds Tuesday as the U.S. takes its first crack at collecting asteroid samples for return to Earth, a feat accomplished so far only by Japan.
Brimming with names inspired by Egyptian mythology, the Osiris-Rex mission is looking to bring back at…

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Fall’s best meteor shower to peak on Tuesday night – AOL

The annual Orionid meteor shower will reach its climax Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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One of the best meteor showers of autumn is set to peak in the coming nights, providing skywatchers a great opportunity to spot some shooting stars ahead of the long, but frigid, winter nights that are right around the corner.
The annual Orionid meteor shower will reach its climax Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning, featuring around 20 meteors per hour across much of the globe. This averages out to a meteor every few minutes.
“The Orionids are a medium strength shower that…

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When to Watch NASA’s OSIRIS-REX Mission to Bennu Asteroid – The New York Times

The spacecraft will attempt to suck up rocks and dirt from the asteroid, which could unlock secrets of the solar system and could aid humanity’s ability to dive…

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The mission will provide a visual simulation of the approach starting at 1:20 p.m. on its website, AsteroidMission.org. Starting at 5 p.m., NASA Television will broadcast coverage of the sample collection attempt from the mission control at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colo.
On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the space agency is scheduled to hold a news conference, also broadcast on NASA Television, to discuss how the sampling effort went and release close-up images of Bennu.
Bennu, discovered in …

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A Busted Toilet Kicked Off a Seriously Crappy Night on the ISS – Gizmodo

It was another long night aboard the International Space Station, as the crew had to deal with a series of minor problems, in what is starting to sound like a b…

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It was another long night aboard the International Space Station, as the crew had to deal with a series of minor problems, in what is starting to sound like a broken record.
As always, we have to preface things by saying the crew is safe, and none of the new problems are particularly serious. Theyre more of an annoyance, but annoyances on the ISS seem to be in an abundance these days.
The first problem to emerge last night was a broken toilet located in the Russian segment. Cosmonaut Anatoly …

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