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NASA selects OSIRIS-REx as third New Frontiers mission

Submit on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 22:58

NASA plans to launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to pluck samples. The mission, called Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth.
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