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NASA to send spacecraft on 1.2B-mile journey to asteroid

Sharon Gaudin | Aug. 18, 2016
By bringing back samples of the asteroid Bennu, scientists hope to learn about the solar system's origins

Because of its age, the asteroid is expected to contain materials that were present when the solar system was first formed and that may have had a role in the origin of life itself.

By studying that material, scientists hope to get more information about the origin of the solar system and about life as we know it.


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