NASA Brings First Asteroid Sample to Earth
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The sample capsule from the OSIRIS-REx mission will come back to Earth on September 24, 2023. Scientists will be ready to get the capsule when it lands at the Utah Test and Training Range. A box with rocks from the surface of Bennu in 2020 is inside the sample. It holds about 8.8 ounces, or 250 grams. This is NASA’s first sample of an asteroid, and it’s also the biggest sample ever taken in space.
OSIRIS-REx is a big step forward in our understanding of asteroids. Scientists will learn a lot about Bennu from the sample capsule, such as what it is made of, its past, and whether it contains any dangerous materials. The data from the sample capsule will help scientists learn more about how the solar system formed and how it has changed over time. It might also help us come up with ways to stop asteroids from hitting Earth in the future.
At about 10:54 a.m. EDT, the OSIRIS-REx sample capsule should enter Earth’s atmosphere. At about 11:21 a.m. EDT, it will open its parachute and fall at the Utah Test and Training Range.
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NASA Brings First Asteroid Sample to Earth: To get the sample ship back, a group of scientists and engineers from NASA and the University of Arizona will have to work together. As soon as the box gets to a safe place, it will be cleaned and made ready for testing.
NASA Brings First Asteroid Sample to Earth: The sample box will likely be looked at for a number of years. Spectroscopy, imaging, and mass spectrometry are some of the methods scientists will use to look at the something. Scientists will be able to answer questions about how Bennu formed, how it has changed over time, and whether it has any dangerous materials.
NASA Brings First Asteroid Sample to Earth: The OSIRIS-REx sample capsule’s return is a big step forward in our understanding of asteroids. The scientists and engineers who worked hard on it deserve praise for their creativity and hard work. The data from the sample capsule will help us learn more about the solar system and come up with ways to keep Earth safe from asteroids in the future.
Some important facts about the OSIRIS-REx sample capsule return are listed below:
- On September 24, 2023, the ship is set to come back to Earth.
- For the Utah Test and Training Range, the capsule will jump out of a plane.
- It is thought that the capsule holds about 8.8 ounces (250 grams) of rocks from the surface of Bennu.
- The sample box will likely be looked at for a number of years.
- The sample capsule’s contents will help scientists learn more about how Bennu formed, how it has changed over time, and whether it contains any dangerous materials.