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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).
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).