Afteri landing InSight on Mars last week, you might think NASA made a break.
But no – there is a lot space and there Somebody he has to make more history that explores it.
Just like that, NASA will provide a livestream of its first asteroid reconnaissance missions to 101955 Benn, since 2018 and we all need to see NASA scientists exchanging cheerful hands at the site of a successful mission.
NASA's source, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will contact Benn right at 12 o'clock. EST, December 3, and NASA suggests moving directly to their live tracking site. If you prefer social media to watch your space, Facebook has also covered, like YouTube.
The trip to OSIRIS-REx asteroid began in September 2016, and three years later it is finally close enough to mark the space rock. The spaceship is equipped with five instruments and explores the asteroid for almost a year, before choosing a site to return the sample. OSIRIS-REx will not work on an asteroid, for example, instead decide to drop the surface blower on the surface to blow the dust particles into the robotic arm of the vessel. Gnarly.
On December 3, OSIRIS-REx will begin operations around the asteroid, passing through its northern pole, the southern pole and the equator of only 6.9 km. This will allow the spacecraft to determine its mass, how quickly it revolves and generates the asteroid model.
However, the $ 800 million mission will not be completed by 2023 when OSIRIS-REx is expected to return to Earth with Benn dust on board. Taking a layer of Bennu's stone skin, astronomers can potentially discover how life on Earth began, the types of compounds present in Bennu and the creation of our own solar system.
There is also the fact that Bennu has a (very small) chance to crash with Earth sometime after 2175 – so it would be nice to prepare for that, thank you.
Whether OSIRIS-REx fulfills its goals, this will be the cause of another huge celebration of livestream, but by then we can have retinal implants that allow us to be at NASA, in an enlarged reality, so we can digitally handle our favorite astronomers as if we were really there.
Go good, space robot.
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