NASA Attempts First Asteroid Intercept

Oct 20, 2020

After two years of waiting for the perfect opportunity, NASA scientists will try to “tag” an asteroid more than 200 million miles away on Tuesday.

A spacecraft named OSIRIS-REx will attempt to vacuum some space dust off the surface of an asteroid about the size of the Empire State Building, which scientists think could hold clues about the beginnings of our solar system.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Jason Dworkin, project scientist on the mission.

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