Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return

Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return

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https://apnews.com/35f8e7ed4345cd97c6eac4586044265d

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble.

The drama unfolds Tuesday as the U.S. takes its first crack at collecting asteroid samples for return to Earth, a feat accomplished so far only by Japan.