Rock samples from one of the universe's oldest things are in a special gift for Earth that NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is carrying.
In October 2020, the probe collected a sample from the asteroid Bennu and has been heading toward Earth ever since.
NASA has carried out the spacecraft's first course correction operation by changing its direction towards Earth.
On September 24, 2023, the OSIRIS-REx mission is supposed to deliver samples from the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft will deliver its precious payload during the anticipated flyby,
and then the capsule with the asteroid samples will land with the aid of a parachute at the Utah Test and Training Range of the Air Force in the Great Salt Lake Desert.
NASA will carry out a series of maneuvers over the next year to bring the spacecraft closer to Earth at a specific speed and direction. "Angled too low, it will burn up in Earth's atmosphere."