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U.S. launches nation’s first mission to collect asteroid samples

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Washington, September 9, 2016: U.S. space agency NASA on Thursday launched the nation’s first mission that will visit an asteroid and bring precious samples back to Earth.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft lifted off atop an Atlas V rocket at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT) as planned from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.