NASA releases images of probe landing on asteroid Bennu

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posted on 21/10/2020 17:53 / updated 21/10/2020 18:33


(crédito: Handout / NASA/Goddard/Arizona State)

NASA released, this Wednesday (10/21), images of the first attempt to collect samples by the OSIRIS-REx probe on the surface of the asteroid Bennu. The historic landing took place on Tuesday (10/20).

Specialists participating in the mission were scheduled to answer questions from Internet users from 7:15 pm (in the video below). To participate just use to post the question on Twitter accompanied by the hashtag #ToBennuAndBack.

The objective of the mission is to collect materials from the surface of the asteroid, which will be studied when the probe returns to Earth in September 2023.

One of the questions the mission seeks to answer is how the Universe came about. That’s because Bennu contains material from the beginning of the Solar System and may contain organic carbon-bearing molecules, an essential ingredient for life on Earth.

  • NASA spacecraft touches asteroid Bennu

    NASA spacecraft touches asteroid Bennu
    Photo: NASA / DISCLOSURE

  • Artist's conception of NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu.

    Artist’s conception of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu.
    Photo: NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona

  • NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has just touched the surface of the asteroid Bennu

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has just touched the surface of the asteroid Bennu
    Photo: Reproduction / NASA

  • Bennu, a well-preserved, ancient asteroid, is currently more than 200 million miles (321 million kilometers) from Earth

    Bennu, a well-preserved, ancient asteroid, is currently more than 200 million miles (321 million kilometers) from Earth
    Foto: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

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