Short Wave
Short Wave
Nov 3, 2020
Touch And Go: NASA Samples An Asteroid
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A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid has nabbed so much that it's created an unexpected problem. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce shares a cautionary tale of a scientific mission that was almost too successful.

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