Soviet Canine Orbital Astronauts

The exploration of space stands as one of humanity’s most remarkable endeavors, yet the path to reaching the stars has often been paved with a myriad of trials, uncertainties, and ethical questions. One of the lesser-known yet significant aspects of early space exploration involves the contributions of canine astronauts, primarily sent into space by the Soviet Union during the initial years of the Space Age. These missions were conducted with the objective of understanding the physical and psychological impacts of space travel, gathering data that would be invaluable for future human missions.

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OSIRIS-REx: A Journey to Asteroid Bennu and Back

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) is the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth. Launched on September 8, 2016, the spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu in December 2018 and collected a sample from its surface on October 20, 2020. The mission aims to deliver the largest asteroid sample ever received on Earth, estimated to hold about half a pound of Bennu’s material or 8.8 ounces +/- 3.6 ounces (250 grams +/- 101 grams).

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