The incredibly ambitious Osiris REx mission from NASA ended up with more samples than expected.
In early 2011, a new NASA project started, which will mark yet another major milestone in science and space technology. A probe will be launched with one specific purpose; to collect a sample of material of the Bennu asteroid and return it safely to the Earth. With just shy of six years in development, the Osiris REx rocket launched on September the 8th 2016. With two years in orbit around the Bennu astroid studying its surface, the spacecraft made physical contact on the 20th of October 2020, with an expected return to Earth in 2023.
The purpose of the Osiris REx mission was to collect a sample of at least 60 grams of surface material of the asteroid Bennu. Scientists hope that the data collected by this sample will give better insight into the origins of the universe, the start of the Earth and planets as well as the origins of life.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Scott Manley, on NASA's Osiris REx Mission Ends Up With More Than Expected.