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NASA | Playing Tag With an Asteroid

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will take a sample of pristine asteroid material and return it to Earth for analysis in 2023. (Credit: NASA/GSFC/UA)

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will take a sample of pristine asteroid material and return it to Earth for analysis in 2023. Credit: NASA/GSFC/UA

What’s the best way get a sample of an asteroid? Play tag with it! That’s the plan for OSIRIS-REx, a NASA spacecraft that will approach the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The collection will be done with an instrument on board called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, or, TAGSAM. Learn how it works in this video.

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