On this day in 1908 - September 5th - Edoardo Amaldi, Italian cosmic-ray physicist, was born.
The reconstruction of the Italian scientific environment after World War II was due almost entirely to Amaldi, and he was one of the founding fathers of the European Space Research Organisation which would later become the European Space Agency (ESA)
On this day in 2016 - September 8th - NASA launched OSIRIS-REx, an asteroid study and sample return mission.
The spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu in December 2018, has carried out detailed reconnaissance of the asteroid, and has been preparing for its first sample collection, which is scheduled for October 2020.
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