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Watch NASA arriving at the asteroid on a potential collision course with the earth

NASA / Goddard / University of ArizonaAfter Pleasing Triumph and terror to land InSight on Mars this past week, you…

NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona

After Pleasing Triumph and terror to land InSight on Mars this past week, you may think that NASA has served a break.

But no there is a part space out there and someone must make more history exploring it.

Like the InSight Landing NASA will provide a stream of life from its very first asteroid test return to 1

01955 Bennu, for it is 2018 and we all need NASA researchers to exchange jubilee handshakes on the spot for a successful mission .

NASAs Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REX) will contact Bennu at 12:00 AM EST., 3 Dec, and NASA suggests heading directly to their live site to accompany. If you prefer social media to watch your space, Facebook has also taken you, like YouTube.

The journey for asteroid hunters OSIRIS-REx started back in September 2016 and three years later it is almost close enough to roof the spacecraft. The spacecraft is equipped with five instruments and will examine the asteroid for almost a year before selecting a site to get a test. OSIRIS-REX will not touch the asteroid, like Japan’s Hayabusa 2 earlier this year instead, he chose to drop a bladder instrument on the surface to kick up dust particles in the boat’s robot arm. Gnarly.

On December 3, OSIRIS-REX operations begin around the asteroid, which crosses the North Pole, South Pole and Equator from just 6.9 miles away. This will allow the spacecraft to determine its mass, how fast it spins and generate a model of the asteroid.

The $ 800 million mission, however, will not be complete until 2023 when OSIRIS REX is expected to return to Earth with Bennus dust on board. By taking a layer of Bennus rocky skin, astronomers may discover how life on earth began, the types of compounds found in Bennu and the formation of our own solar system.

There is also the fact that Bennu has a (very small) chance of colliding with the Earth sometime after 2175 – so it would be nice to prepare for that thanks.

If OSIRIS-REx meets its goals, it will cause another great live-streaming event, but at that time we can all have retinal implants that allow us to be at NASA, in elevated reality, so we can digital handshake-dancing with our favorite astronomers as if we were really there.

Go well, space robot

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