Watch NASA arrive at the asteroid on a potential collision course with Earth

NASA’s space rock chaser will achieve its objective, Bennu, on Dec. 3 and you would prefer not to miss a thing.


After the glad triumph and dread of landing InSight on Mars this previous week, you may think NASA has earned a break.

However, no – there’s a ton of room out there and somebody needs to make more history investigating it.

Much the same as the InSight arrival, NASA will give a livestream of its first space rock test return mission to 101955 Bennu, on the grounds that it’s 2018 and we as a whole need to see NASA researchers trade joyous handshakes at the site of a fruitful mission.

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will reach Bennu appropriate on 12 p.m. EST., Dec. 3, and NASA recommends making a beeline for its live site to track. Should you incline toward online networking to do your space viewing, Facebook likewise has you secured, as does YouTube.

The voyage for the space rock pursuing OSIRIS-REx started route back in September 2016 and after three years it’s at long last close enough to label the space shake. The shuttle is furnished with five instruments and will study the space rock for close on a year, prior choosing a site to recover an example. OSIRIS-REx won’t contact down on the space rock, similar to Japan’s Hayabusa 2 did recently, rather selecting to drop a leaf blower-type instrument onto the surface to kick up residue particles into the art’s mechanical arm. Gnarly.

On Dec. 3, OSIRIS-REx will start activities around the space rock, ignoring its north shaft, south post and equator from simply 4.3 miles away. This will enable the rocket to decide its mass, how quick it’s turning and produce a model of the space rock.

The $800 million mission won’t be finished, nonetheless, until 2023 when OSIRIS-REx is required to come back to Earth with Bennu’s residue on board. By taking a layer of Bennu’s rough skin, cosmologists may possibly find how life on Earth started, the kinds of mixes present in Bennu and the development of our own nearby planetary group.

There’s additionally the way that Bennu has an (extremely miniscule) possibility of crashing into the Earth at some point after 2175 – so it’d be decent to get ready for that, much obliged.


Should OSIRIS-REx satisfy its objectives, it will be cause for another gigantic livestream festivity, however by that point we may all have retinal embeds that enable us to be at NASA, in expanded reality, so we can carefully handshake-hit the dance floor with our most loved cosmologists as though we were truly there.

Go well, space robot.

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