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Asteroid dust returning to Earth could explain the origin of life

 An image of asteroid Bennu captured by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
Kel Elkins
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
An image of asteroid Bennu captured by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

A sample of dirt and dust from an asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away is making its way to Earth, with a planned arrival in September. Scientists say the pile of asteroid dirt can unveil the early days of our solar system and possibly explain how life formed on this planet. Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx mission’s principal investigator, joins us for a preview of what’s to come.

Then, it’s been a year since the Webb Space Telescope has been beaming back brilliantly beautiful images of our universe. We’ll hear from Museum of Arts and Sciences gallery curator Seth Mayo about how the public is marveling in its cosmic wonder.

And, we’ll meet the show’s new producer – Marian Summerall.

Marian is a multimedia journalist at WMFE 90.7 working as a reporter and producer for the 'Are We There Yet?' space podcast.
Brendan Byrne is WMFE's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the WMFE newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing WMFE's internship program.

Byrne also hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.
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