How Asteroid Bennu’s Sample Container was Finally Opened

Rebecca Jean T.
4 min readFeb 23, 2024

After launching in 2016, the team behind the asteroid Bennu sample return mission has successfully opened the lid of the collection container, revealing even more material than they could have hoped for. The excess material will allow even more scientists to get their hands on a piece of Bennu and study the asteroid and its connection to our planet.

A black and white image of a rounded diamond shaped asteroid with a rocky, gravel surface. The background is black.
The surface of Bennu. This image is a mosaic of 12 images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on December 2nd, 2018. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona.

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Rebecca Jean T.

Published author on NASA’s Radio Jove newsletter and contributing writer for Aha!. Researching science topics to deliver to you in bite-sized stories.