Samples from asteroid Bennu brought back to Earth by NASA's OSIRIS-REx

The sample return capsule from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx touched down in Utah on 24 September

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NASA has successfully collected samples from the asteroid Bennu, after a capsule containing around 250 grams of the space rock touched down in the desert near Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday. Scientists hope that Bennu, which is older than Earth, could help explain how the solar system formed.

The capsule has been making its way home since 2020, when NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft extracted samples from the asteroid. The final, riskiest part of the mission …