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Live coverage of spacecraft arriving at asteroid December 3 | space

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This “super-resolution” view of the asteroid Bennu was created using eight images obtained by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on October 29, 2018, from a distance of approximately 205 miles. Images via NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REX spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with its targeted asteroid, Bennu, Monday, December 3, 201

8, at 5:00 PM UTC (EST dinner). Translate UTC to your time.

NASA will fly a live event from kl. 16.45 to 17.15 UTC (11:45 am to 12:15 pm EST) to mark the arrival of the Agency’s first asteroid test return mission. You can watch NASA TV, Facebook Live, Ustream, YouTube and NASA Live. NASA TV will also fly a preview program from 16:15 UTC (11:15 AM).

This animation consists of 5 of the first images of asteroid Bennu via the OSIRIS-REx mission, acquired August 17, 2018, at 1.4 million miles (2.3 million km), or nearly 6 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon . The asteroid is visible as a moving object against the stars in front of the constellation of Serpens. Space Shuttle is due to arrive at the asteroid on December 3, 2018. Image via NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona.

OSIRIS-REX (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) was launched in September 2016 and has come slowly approaching Bennu. OSIRIS-REX is NASA’s first mission to visit an asteroid near the ground, examine the surface, collect a sample and deliver it back to earth. The spacecraft will spend almost a year measuring the asteroid with the goal of choosing a place that is safe and scientifically interesting for collecting the test.

This asteroid test is expected to return to Earth via free fall from space until it reaches a height of 20.8 miles (33.5 km) when a first parachute will be installed. At 3.1 km, the main screen jump will be released, giving the capsule its precious load from Bennu for a smooth landing in the Utah Desert on September 24, 2023.

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Bottom line: OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with its targeted asteroid, Bennu, Monday, December 3, 2018, at 17:00 UTC (dinner EST).

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