In October 2020, NASA’s Osiris-Rex shuttle whittled down space rock Bennu. Before Osiris-Rex gets back to Earth to convey its abundance, it will return to the location of the heist.
The space rock researching rocket will perform one last close flyby of Bennu to find “the extent of the mess it made,” NASA reported Thursday.
Osiris-Rex was somewhat avaricious during the example catch activity, getting a flooding measure of rock that must be stowed sooner than anticipated. It left a blemish on the space rock.
“The Osiris-Rex team decided to add this last flyover after Bennu’s surface was significantly disturbed by the sample collection event,” NASA said. “During touchdown, the spacecraft’s sampling head sunk 1.6 feet (48.8 centimeters) into the asteroid’s surface and simultaneously fired a pressurized charge of nitrogen gas.” The engines terminated to back Osiris-Rex away likewise upset the surface.
NASA has planned the flyover for April 7 to catch pictures of the assortment site from a nearby distance of simply 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) away.
Osiris-Rex will keep on sticking around at Bennu until May 10, when it will commence a two-year return venture back to Earth. The pieces of Bennu will be conveyed to researchers via a Sample Return Capsule discarded by the rocket.
Meanwhile, NASA will think about the when pictures of the example site to see exactly how huge of a tattoo Osiris-Rex left on Bennu.
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