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Feb 19, 2024

Astronomy Cast Ep. 708: What Goes Into Sample Return Missions From Asteroids & Comets?

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Streamed live Feb 12, 2024.

Last week we talked about sample return missions from the Moon and Mars, but scientists have retrieved samples from other objects in the Solar System, including comets and asteroids. What does it take to return a piece of rock from space, and what have we learned so far?


This video was made possible by the following Patreon members:

Jordan Young


Stephen Veit ( rhymes with right)

Jeanette Wink

Siggi Kemmler

Andrew Poelstra

Brian Cagle

David Truog



Gerhard Schwarzer

THANK YOU! - Fraser and Dr. Pamela