NASA's Delicate Mission To Sample Asteroid Bennu : Short Wave A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid has nabbed so much that it's created an unexpected problem. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce shares a cautionary tale of a scientific mission that was almost too successful.

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Touch And Go: NASA's Delicate Mission to Sample Asteroid Bennu

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Touch And Go: NASA's Delicate Mission to Sample Asteroid Bennu

Touch And Go: NASA's Delicate Mission to Sample Asteroid Bennu

Touch And Go: NASA's Delicate Mission to Sample Asteroid Bennu

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An artist's rendering shows NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending toward the asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid's surface. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona hide caption

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An artist's rendering shows NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending toward the asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid's surface.

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A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid has nabbed so much that it's created an unexpected problem. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce shares a cautionary tale of a scientific mission that was almost too successful.

In this episode of Short Wave, we update Nell Greenfieldboyce's reporting on this mission.

Follow Maddie and Nell on Twitter. Maddie's @maddie_sofia and Nell's @nell_sci_NPR. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.