Greedy grabber: NASA scrambles to return jam-packed asteroid sampler to Earth as rock dust escapes from ship’s overstuffed ‘belly’

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While NASA warned that any movement of Osiris-Rex may lead to “further sample loss,” the agency said its team will now focus on storing the remaining rubble in a “Sample Return Capsule,” where “any loose material will be kept safe during the spacecraft’s journey back to Earth.”

“I think we’re going to have to wait until we get home to know precisely how much we have,” Lauretta said at a press conference. “As you can imagine, that’s hard… But the good news is we see a lot of material.”

Though the mishap risks being a costly one for the mission, netizens couldn’t help but relate with the ravenous asteroid-eater, comparing its binge on space rocks to a buffet outing.

Others took up a more finger-wagging tone, chastising the spacecraft for its “greed” and gluttony, which one user deemed a “metaphor for the human race.”

Osiris-Rex is set to depart the region around Bennu in March and is expected to return back to Earth sometime in 2023, seven years after the craft blasted off from its launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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