Some trick and a fantastic treat
For the boffins who will be able to study the samples.
Looking at the machining and structure, the capsule is a piece of art.
Beers all round for that one!
NASA has stowed away its first ever sample of asteroid regolith, collected by its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from space rock Bennu, and is working on bringing the material home for 2023. “Together a team comprising industry, academia and international partners, and a talented and diverse team of NASA employees with all types of …
I hope this regolith will be put in isolation for a while in case it comes back with some nasty, alien virus.
Viruses work by using RNA or DNA to hijack living cells. Viruses thus necessarily must have evolved closely with their target cells or their DNA/RNA packet will be so much nonsense to the cell, assuming they can even lock on to the cell's exterior.
Worrying about space viruses infecting Earth is like expecting a virus meant for the Burroughs MCP to work on Windows 10 machine.
2 Kilos is within the range they were aiming for.
"The spacecraft has enough nitrogen to allow three sampling attempts, to collect between 60 and 2000 grams 2–70 ounces (60–2000) grams."
The upper limit is important as the mission planning would have had to take that into account for the fuel required for the return journey.
Nice visual example of connectors I design cables with for work.
However, I usually have braided shielding instead of foil, and when it is foil it ain't gold.
When the harness isn't pre-jacketed I also have to add an outer watertight layer to the design, usually via heat-shrink cross-linked polyolefin sleeving; with no liquid water IN SPAAAACE I can understand why they left it off to save mass.
I love my current employer and would transfer to their space-support division(s) if defense dried up, except I don't want to live in expensive DC Beltway area near Goddard SFC. Horrible commuting and crazy home prices.