02:12 GMT20 June 2021
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    The spacecraft is expected to approach the Earth in September 2023 and jettison the Sample Return Capsule (SRC) toward our planet for a parachute-assisted landing in the US state of Utah.

    Tune in to Sputnik to watch the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, which scooped and stowed a two ounce sample from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020, begin its journey back to Earth.

    The spacecraft touched down on the asteroid surface on 20 October. The spacecraft is expected back on Earth in September 2023, with material from deep space that scientists hope will expand knowledge of the universe and provide clues on how the solar system was formed.

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