NASA reveals to the public the first sample collected from the potentially dangerous asteroid Bennu – and it may contain the seeds of life

An Earth-threatening asteroid might be the last thing you want to see — unless it’s in the confines of a museum. Today (Nov. 3), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History unveiled the first public display of a sample collected from the Bennu asteroid, which NASA considers a “potentially hazardous object.”

The sample – 3.5 to 8.8 ounces (100 to 250 grams) of rocky space debris collected by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft – is believed to contain some of the earliest precursors of life and is the first piece of space rock grabbed ever by NASA mission.

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