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2011-08-17 09:20:00

NASA has announced that it is planning to send a spacecraft to a distant asteroid in five years to gather samples of what could be the building blocks of all life on Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, if all goes well, will intercept asteroid 1999 RQ36, orbit it for one year, and then reach out a robotic arm, touch the surface and grab up a handful of dirt and then return to Earth with the precious sample. "We call it "Ëœtouch and go'," said principal investigator Michael Drake of...