Short Wave: Touch And Go - NASA's Delicate Mission to Sample Asteroid Bennu

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.

In this episode of Short Wave, we update Nell Greenfieldboyce’s reporting on this mission.

This episode was edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.


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