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OSIRIS-REx to touch down on 10/20/2020

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Jayhawker Soule, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. Jayhawker Soule

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    From US probe to touch down on asteroid Bennu on October 20

    After a four-year journey, NASA's robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx will descend to asteroid Bennu's boulder-strewn surface on October 20, touching down for a few seconds to collect rock and dust samples, the agency said Thursday.

    Scientists hope the mission will help deepen our understanding of how planets formed and life began and provide insight on asteroids that could impact Earth.

    "Years of planning and hard work by this team are essentially coming down to putting the TAGSAM (Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism) into contact with the surface for just five to 10 seconds," said Mike Moreau, OSIRIS-REx deputy project manager. ...

    ... OSIRIS-REx is supposed to collect at least 2 ounces (57 grams) of Bennu's rocky material to bring back to Earth –- the largest sample return from space since the Apollo program.

    It will deliver its payload to Earth on September 24, 2023​

    This is remarkable on many levels, not the least being tthat September 24, 2023, is my 78th birthday. The excitement is building.
     
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    Quetzal A little to the left and slightly out of focus.
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    Wow, seems like just yesterday I was covering the launch! Very exciting news, thank you for sharing!
     
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  3. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    78!!! Keep on trucking.
     
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    If it lands too hard, would that make it a pain in the asteroid?
     
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  5. Jayhawker Soule

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    It really pains me to comet on such a dumb joke.
     
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  7. Jayhawker Soule

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    Just a reminder: Today; 5:00 P.M. EDT
     
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    I'll bet there will be a mutated virus in the sample. The Zombie apocalypse is on!
     
  9. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    If the sample contains organic life, then it would be a meaty ore.
     
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    interesting GiF of Bennu
    engineerspul.gif
     
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  12. Jayhawker Soule

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    Just beautiful! Kudos to all involved.
     
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