to connectVideoNASA takes aim at the near-Earth asteroid named Bennu
OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s first mission to an asteroid to collect a sample and return it to the Earth.
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NASA has selected the site at the asteroid Bennu which is the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will collect samples of the space rock.
Scientists have identified four candidate locations to choose from, from a place called “the Nightingale”, which is located at Bennu in the northern hemisphere.
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“After a thorough evaluation of the four candidate sites, we have made our final decision on the basis that the site is using the largest amount of fine-grained material is, and how easily the space can have access to the materials while in the ship are safe,” said Dante, she now, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator from the University of Arizona in Tucson, in a statement. “Of the four candidates, the site Went to best meet these criteria and, in the end, the best helps for the mission to be a success.”
In this image released by NASA shows the sample site is Wonderful, and the OSIRIS-REx was the primary sampling site at the asteroid Bennu. The figure is painted with an image of OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is used to illustrate the extent of the site.
(NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)
A second site, called the Osprey, it is being picked up as a back-up of the sample.
OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, which was launched in September 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spaceship will reach Bennu in December 2018.
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This is a mosaic image of the asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
(Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)
The spacecraft will have a robotic arm to grab a sample of Bennu.
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OSIRIS-Rex will be the first of it’s touch-and-go” sample collection effort in August and ending in 2020. The probe will depart Bennu in 2021 and is scheduled to return to Earth in September 2023, according to NASA.
The Associated Press contributed to this article. Fox News’ Jennifer, Earl, and Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article.
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