First-Ever NASA Asteroid Sample Return Mission Launches

Self-proclaimed "Space Geeks" Paul and Darren are chatting with NASA scientist Lucy McFadden about the latest NASA mission.

Today, NASA will launch its first-ever mission to return samples from an asteroid for study here on Earth. NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer  or OSIRIS-REx  spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. Asteroids are rocky debris left over from the dawn of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago. They've changed little over time, making Bennu a pristine time capsule of the building blocks of our solar system.