WATCH LIVE: NASA scientists unveil first near-Earth asteroid sample returned to U.S.


On Wednesday, NASA will unveil a sample that the agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collected from an ancient asteroid, Bennu. Researchers are expected to talk about the sample’s initial analysis.

The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET. Watch it live in the player above.

OSIRIS-REx released the capsule containing the sample on Sept. 24, while it was still in space putting the capsule on track to enter through the Earth’s atmosphere and land at the Department of Defense’s Utah Test and Training Range where it was retrieved by researchers.

WATCH: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission returns an asteroid soil sample to Earth

The rocks and dust that OSIRIS-REx collected from Bennu should help scientists better understand the early solar system.

That’s because Bennu is made up of the earliest materials, or building blocks, that were around several billion years ago and eventually coalesced into asteroids and planets, including the Earth.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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