Want to see things like on a cosmic rock tens of millions of miles away from Earth? NASA has protected you.
Currently, asteroids are close to Earth Determined is about 180 million miles (290 million kilometers) away, and with it a spaceship called by NASA OSIRIS-REx. The probe will fulfill a difficult goal this fall: grab a piece of space rock and send it back to Earth.
So, before the big day, OSIRIS-REx is practicing its moves – and the resulting footage is as great as you’d expect from an airplane device just 130 feet (40 meters) away on a rock space is filled with rubble, according to one declare. That height is equivalent to standing on top of an 11-story building and looking down.
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But instead of toy cars and ant-like people, the camera on OSIRIS-REx only sees rocks: big and small rocks, sharp and round rocks, dark rocks and bright rocks. The rock is as far as the mechanical eye can see.
These rocks surround what the OSIRIS-REx mission scientists have nicknamed Nightingale sampling location, inside the crater on the northern hemisphere of Bennu 1,640 feet (500 m) wide. On October 20, OSIRIS-REx will make a similar landing but go more than 130 feet away, ready to pick up a souvenir among these rocks.
That model will land on Earth in September 2023, if everything goes according to plan. Scientists will then study the asteroid wreckage for clues about the history of the solar system and the role that carbon-rich space rocks like Bennu may have played in the development of the solar system. life on Earth.
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