After Insight, NASA plans another spectacular action in December: the first sampling from an asteroid.
Smile: Bennu registration on October 29, 2018 – the recording was made by combining eight photos of NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid probe.
© NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona
The Osiris-Rex asteroid probe successfully reached the Bennu asteroid Tuesday night (German time), successfully completing its 2 billion kilometer journey and the first part of its mission. the
NASA. At an altitude of 19 kilometers, Osiris-Rex will now investigate the surface of the asteroid. In addition, there are several surveys from different directions, with the probe approaching the asteroid up to 7 kilometers. These maneuvers are used to obtain more information about the asteroid (see below in this message).
The next salient point of the mission is December 31: Osiris-Rex will enter the orbit of Bennu and approach the asteroid to extract a sample of 60 grams, which will then be returned to Earth. Bennu is only 492 meters long and never an object created by man has approached such a small celestial body at such a short distance.
Original message of 11.29.2018:
Images to encourage NASA scientists
Insight's successful landing
on Mars he went around the world this week. Already next week, however, NASA is already planning the next spectacular action. This event will also be active
next Monday, December 3rd, through live streaming on the Internet
transmitted. NASA will use all its channels again, including
this here on Youtube:
This will be achieved in September 2016
started the Osiris Rex mission
their culmination: the Osiris-Rex asteroid probe was then launched by an Atlas rocket and had traveled the 650-million-kilometer asteroid Bennu.
According to current plans, Osiris-Rex will enter the mission-critical vicinity of the celestial body on December 3rd at 6:00 pm German time and will fly over the island at a height of about 7 kilometers. The probe has several instruments on board, with which the asteroid should be completely mapped and examined. The highlight of the mission will be the deployment of an instrument that will collect material from the asteroid in flight. Samples should arrive on Earth in 2023.
The mission's goal of around 750 million is to learn more about the Bennu asteroid. How large is its mass and how fast it turns around its axis. The data should serve to create an exact model of the asteroid and its trajectory. From the tests, scientists hope for new clues about how life on Earth was born.
The mission could also have a greater meaning for the fate of the earth. It is the probability (though very small) that Bennu can collide with the Earth around the year 2175. With a diameter of 492 meters, Bennu would cause a great deal of damage on Earth. The mission is to help prevent such collisions.