NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft dropped this capsule in the Utah desert.
The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx did not return to earth but continued onto a new mission to explore the asteroid Apophis.
The capsule contained a sample collected from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020.
The sample will help scientists understand the origin of organics and water that may have seeded life on Earth 4.5 billion years ago.
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