- NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft landed on an asteroid to suck up a sample of rock and dust on Tuesday.
- New video footage shows the tricky operation, including the six seconds that it touched the asteroid’s surface and blew nitrogen gas to send up a flurry of alien rock.
- Mission controllers must now determine if the spacecraft obtained enough sample to bring back to Earth.
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NASA landed a spacecraft on an asteroid 200 million miles away on Tuesday.
New footage shows its tricky six seconds of contact and the flurry of alien rock that the probe sent flying in order to suck up a sample.
The mission, called Osiris-Rex, aims to return a sample of the asteroid to Earth. But landing on the asteroid, called Bennu, was no small feat. The terrain turned out to be much rockier than researchers expected, with Bennu covered in