NASA’s OSIRIS-REx must avoid ‘Mount Doom’ to return a sample of the asteroid Bennu

The spacecraft will attempt to retrieve material from the Nightingale site in August 2020

Bennu landing site

After nearly a year of appraising the asteroid Bennu from orbit, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft finally has its sights set on a sample collection spot: Nightingale (pictured with an icon of the spacecraft superimposed on its future landing spot).

University of Arizona, NASA Goddard

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