NASA’s first attempt to sample an asteroid in space made a mess. It’s the best mess ever, scientists say.

A NASA spacecraft has really made a mess of things on the asteroid Bennu, and scientists are thrilled. 

The spacecraft, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe, briefly touched down on Bennu Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 21) in the space agency’s first-ever attempt to collect samples of an asteroid. It will take time to confirm if OSIRIS-REx did, in fact, collect pieces of Bennu, but so far everything appears to have gone as planned. 

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