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First Interstellar Asteroid Wows Scientists

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Scientists were surprised and delighted to detect--for the first time--an interstellar asteroid passing through our solar system.

ScienceCasts: Riding the Slingshot to Bennu

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Gravity’s pull is being used to help propel a small spacecraft known as OSIRIS-REx to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu.

Mapping an Asteroid with Lasers

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The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) will provide a three-dimensional map of asteroid Bennu’s shape, which will allow scientists to understand the context of the asteroid’s geography and the sample location. OLA is provided by the Canadian Space Agency in exchange for Canadian ownership of a portion of the returned asteroid sample. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space flight Center/Katrina Jackson