OSIRIS-REx Completes Sample Collection From Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx Samples Asteroid Bennu

"NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. This well-preserved, ancient asteroid, known as Bennu, is currently more than 200 million miles (321 million kilometers) from Earth. Bennu offers scientists a window into the early solar system as it was first taking shape billions of years ago and flinging ingredients that could have helped seed life on Earth. If Tuesday's sample collection event, known as "Touch-And-Go" (TAG), provided enough of a sample, mission teams will command the spacecraft to begin stowing the precious primordial cargo to begin its journey back to Earth in March 2021. Otherwise, they will prepare for another attempt in January."

  • submit to reddit





.
The Founders Effect - Now available
Canadian Space  Directory
SEOPS - Slingshot and Equalizer Cubesat Deployer
Support SpaceRef, NASA Watch and the Astrobiology Web on Patreon.






Monthly Archives

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on October 20, 2020 6:18 PM.

NASAWatch Talks OSIRISREx on Deutsche Welle was the previous entry in this blog.

Senate Bill On Space Debris/Situational Awareness Introduced is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.