Asteroid Bennu nearly ate NASA’s sampling spacecraft

NASA’s asteroid sampling spacecraft had a near-death experience in Bennu, according to the mission team.

In October 2020, the agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft almost sank into the surface of the shattered asteroid while picking up rocks for transport to Earth in 2023, team members said on Thursday (July 7). The starship only escaped by getting stuck in Bennu or falling into oblivion by firing its thrusters at the right moment.