Who will get OSIRIS-REx’s asteroid samples after they land this weekend?

A precious bounty of asteroid samples is set to arrive on Earth this weekend, and scientists around the world can’t wait.

Early on Sunday morning (Sept. 24), NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe will release a capsule containing about 8.8 ounces (250 grams) of material collected from a 1,650-foot-wide (500 meters) asteroid named Bennu. If all goes according to plan, the capsule will land in the desert of northern Utah that day at 10:54 a.m. EDT (1454 GMT). 

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