NASA was able to touch down the surface of the asteroid, Bennu. The spacecraft was able to collect some samples from the asteroid’s surface.
NASA was able to recover some samples from the asteroid, Bennu. The asteroid was 200 million miles away from Earth.
The spacecraft was able to touch the surface of the asteroid. It is the first time that NASA has taken a sample from an asteroid.
Bennu is an asteroid that’s roaming the cosmos for more than 4.5 billion years.
Scientists assume that it has been there in the Cosmos since the starting of the universe. According to the researchers, it was a very tough task to pull out.
The designing of the spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, was done in Cape Canaveral. The launch of the spacecraft took place in the year 2016.
The spacecraft took two years to reach the asteroid, and since then, it was following the asteroid.
The OSIRIS-REx is a study and sample return mission by NASA. It is following the asteroid Bennu for two years. The spacecraft was sent to the Cosmos in 2016.
It took two years to reach the asteroid. Recently, it has been able to pull off the study and sample return mission by NASA.
The mission of NASA
The main motive of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was to touch the surface of the asteroid. The next goal of the mission was to collect the samples from the asteroid.
The spacecraft had to fire its thrusters to nudge itself out of orbit. It came around the asteroid Bennu and extended a robotic arm. The name of the robotic arm is touch and go sample acquisition mechanism.
After extending the arm, the spacecraft was executing the burn at the checkpoint. After that, the robotic arm then stirred the asteroid’s surface with nitrogen to get the samples.
In a first for NASA, the agency says its craft has successfully made contact with the surface of an asteroid. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's mission is to scoop up astroid matter and deliver it back to Earth. pic.twitter.com/K7UdweZKG2
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The researchers believe that the spacecraft has followed the mission exactly as planned. However, they are not quite sure about the quantity of the sample. They are hoping that the spaceship has at least some ounces of the samples.
The asteroid Bennu
The 101955 Bennu is an asteroid that consists of a lot of carbon. The Apollo group was able to discover this asteroid in the year 1999.
The asteroid is the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission. The scientists expect that the spaceship will return in the year 2023.
In addition to that, the asteroid has a fixed Orbit, and it is a part of a planetoid or a protoplanet.
Not only this, but scientists expect that it has been there in space since the formation of the solar system. The carbonaceous material on the asteroid suggests the age of the asteroid.
In conclusion, this mission will help NASA to learn more about the Cosmos. It will help the researchers to know the mystery of the formation of the solar system.
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