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The spacecraft that NASA will use in its first-ever mission to collect samples from a near-Earth asteroid and bring them back to Earth, has passed a critical milestone as it progresses towards its scheduled 2016 launch, the US space agency announced on Tuesday.
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.
NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.
NASA announced that it had started the countdown for OSIRIS-REx, the space agency’s mission to collect a physical sample from a distant asteroid.
When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth earlier this fall it provided a one-of-a-kind view of our planet and the moon. The footage was taken when Juno was some 600,000 miles away from the duo.
As of Oct. 17, Juno was approximately 4.4 million miles (7.1 million kilometers) from Earth. The one-way radio signal travel time between Earth and Juno is currently about 24 seconds.
NASA's Juno mission will pass within about 350 miles of Earth's surface, which will be the closest it's been to our planet since leaving it in August 2011.
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