Watch NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe approach Earth tonight

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly past Earth this weekend, returning a sample collected from asteroid Bennu on Sunday (Sept. 24).

Fingers crossed that space enthusiasts will be able to watch the first part of this historic sample return mission — where NASA collected material from an asteroid and brought it home — live and for free. That’s if all goes according to Italian astrophysicist and astronomer Gianluca Masi and his virtual telescope project.

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