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Touching the Asteroid

Season 47 Episode 15 | 54m 3s | Video has closed captioning.

In October 2020, a NASA spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx attempts to reach out and grab a piece of an asteroid named Bennu to bring it back to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx team has just three chances to extend its spacecraft’s specialized arm, touch down for five seconds, and collect material from the surface of Bennu.

Aired: 10/21/20

Expires: 10/20/23

Rating: TV-G

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