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Crossed wires caused a parachute problem during sample delivery from the OSIRIS-REx asteroid

Crossed wires caused a parachute problem during sample delivery from the OSIRIS-REx asteroid

NASA believes it knows why the return capsule of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe failed to deploy its parachute as planned during its descent through Earth’s atmosphere on September 24.

The problem, which did not prevent the capsule from landing safely and quietly that day, was likely caused by crossed wires.