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OSIRIS-RExOrigins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (US NASA)
OSIRIS-RExOrigins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (US NASA)
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NASA has already selected four possible sites where the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft can land on the 1,640-feet long asteroid.
'We knew that Bennu would surprise us, so we came prepared for whatever we might find,' said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
The Osiris-Rex team said Tuesday that the surface of the asteroid, which measures 490 meters (1,600 feet) in diameter, was covered in stones and boulders.
Remember OSIRIS-REx? It's NASA's spacecraft that left Earth two years ago to explore Bennu, an asteroid believed to hold crucial information regarding our origin.
OSIRIS-Rex arrived at Bennu in early December.It is expected to take samples from the asteroid in 2020 and return to Earth in 2023.
OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19
NASAas OSIRIS-REx spacecraftA landed on asteroid Bennu last week, and already itas found water on the minor planet, reported Geek.com
Over two-years after launch, the NASA probe OSIRIS-REx will land on a skyscraper-sized asteroid on Monday for the first US mission to carry asteroid samples back to Earth.
As a prime contractor on this large umbrella contract, All Points will support LMSSC's Civil Space line of business, including NASA and NOAA programs that include the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), InSight, GOES-R, OSIRIS-Rex, Maven, and other Civil Space programs.
Its Osiris-Rex spacecraft is expected to reach the asteroid Bennu later this year and return with samples in 2023.
That's because these spacecraft, the Japanese space agency's Hayabusa 2 and NASA's Osiris-REX, will study two dark, primitive, near-Earth asteroids unlike any we've explored before.