The Mars InSight farmer just raced on the red planet, but NASA is already switching to the landing of another…
The Mars InSight farmer just raced on the red planet, but NASA is already switching to the landing of another incredibly interesting mission. Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft (OSIRIS-REx for short) becomes ever closer to the space rocket called Bennu, and NASA will host a live stream to celebrate the occasion.
The arrival is slated for 12 pm EST Monday 3 December and the current will provide live coverage from the OSIRIS-REx control room, so we can all watch when engineers monitor the spacecraft’s status.
The name OSIRIS-REx may not be familiar with you, but the assignment has actually lasted a long time. The spacecraft originally started far back in September 201
6 and since then it has become the road to Bennu.
The goal is to eventually land and study the space stone, and NASA is excited about what it can find. But before it can happen, the team must decide where the mountain is going to land so that OSIRIS-REX will have the best chance to succeed. Then the farmer will lift himself from the asteroid and fly back to earth with a selection of Bennus materials.
“The spacecraft will spend almost a year investigating the asteroid with five scientific instruments with the goal of choosing a site that is safe and scientifically interesting to collect the test,” explains NASA. “OSIRIS REX will return the test to the ground in September 2023 . “
The live stream on NASA’s YouTube page is scheduled to start at 11:45 AM on EST on December 3rd and will continue for about half an hour, which should be long enough for NASA to confirm that the probe made it safe and sound.