If an asteroid is destroyed by Earth in the next hundred or two years, it may be that Determination is the only thing to do.
Officially officially known as 101955 Bennu, the asteroid is about the size of the State Empire Building and has "a significant impact on Earth"Post-Eight, in the second phase, is the definition of the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale – effectively the Earth's rating "what will delete all"?
So, if we had a chance to visit, surely we will set a team of prey miners to blow, instead of traveling seven years to get some effort off the top?
But remember, this is NASA we talk about!
In this week of Watch This Space, we will look at OSIRIS-REx – NASA's intention to communicate with Bennu (for a total of five seconds) to lift it from the surface and to remove it back to Earth.
It may seem like a long way to make some dust, but this material (known as "regolith") could tell us much. According to NASA, asteroids are essential as "the debris left from the solar system creation process", so they can give light to the history of the solar system, its creation and even the way it came planets like Earth.
OSIRIS-REx (which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpret, Resource Recognition, Space Space Explorer) came to Determine on December 3 and it will spend a little less than a year studying the asteroid for an appropriate place to go down. When the site is found incredible, the spacecraft will connect to the surface of the asteroid for about five seconds, adding a nitrogen gut to disturb the surface and pigs on the surface to capture it in the # 39; spaceboat and brought back to the ground.
At the end of its seven-year mission, NASA scientists will be able to explore this content and learn more about where we are coming and who can; find "mythological beginners to the early life and seas of the Earth" according to NASA.
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