NASA on its way to gain Secrets of our Billion Years old Solar System
Globe Live Media, Oct.21- NASA, the US space agency that rules the space world, has acquired another major title, NASA reported on Tuesday that its spacecraft OSIRIS-REx has entered the surface of an asteroid named Bennu and has collected dust and stone samples from the surface for research.
This is a huge achievement because Bennu is one of those asteroids that was being created at the time when our solar system was completely new, billion years ago when our solar system was created, this asteroid was ingesting and throwing out many substances.
All of this becomes important because the substances it was ingesting and throwing out could be an important part in the beginning of life on earth. So now NASA wants to test substances from the Bennu Asteroid using its spacecraft and learn the secrets of our solar system of billions of years ago.
Let us tell you that NASA launched its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from florida in September 2016, and NASA’s spacecraft was able to enter the Bennu Asteroid in December 2018, and it was only a few days after its entry into Bennu that it began circling around the asteroid. NASA scientists have tuned the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to return to Earth on September 2023 after bringing all the necessary materials.
Scientists at NASA say that for their research it is necessary that OSIRIS-REx brings at least 60 grams of material, so they will check from their sophisticated camera in Spacecraft called SamCam that whether it has collected at least 60 grams of substance or not. If not, then they will make another attempt to collect the substance using the spacecraft on January 21 of 2021.
Now it will be interesting to see whether OSIRIS-REx has collected enough amount of material or not, if it has done, then NASA scientists will command the spacecraft to return to Earth on March 2021 with the material collected. If not, as mentioned above, then the next attempt will be made on January 21.