OSIRIS-REx will soon bid farewell to asteroid Bennu
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes the mission of OSIRIS-REx, which will soon depart from the asteroid Bennu and begin its journey home.
While the probe itself will not return to Earth, OSIRIS-REx will deliver a very important sample of dirt and rock from the surface of Bennu in a re-entry capsule.
Scientists believe Bennu is made of carbon-rich debris from the early solar system.
“Bennu is a time capsule,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. “It’s been out there for four and a half billion years waiting for us.”
On May 10th, 2021, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fire its main thrusters for seven minutes and begin its long journey home with more than 60 grams of asteroid material.
The probe will ultimately drop its sample capsule in the Utah desert, 80 kilometers west of Salt Lake City, on September 24, 2023.
NASA invites the public to watch its first asteroid sample return mission leave Bennu on NASA TV and www.nasa.gov/live at 4 p.m. EDT.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard
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