NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Reaches the Bennu Asteroid

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The NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed it was 1.2 Billion miles journey and arrived at the Bennu Asteroid. The NASA announced that the probe has completed it’s a journey and is in orbit around the asteroid on Monday. The NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft completed a complicated maneuver, which helped it to transition from approach path to the elliptical orbit around the asteroid. Currently, the spacecraft is orbiting 11.8 miles away from the surface of Bennu asteroid and will soon start to analyze the surface with the available instruments.

The spacecraft by NASA will complete the analyzing process by flyby operations towards the north pole, equatorial region, and south pole or the Bennu Asteroid. It has been on the NASA’s mission to reach the asteroid Bennu and study it deeply to understand the shape, composition, trajectory and the behavior of the asteroid that turn into the comet. Also, the spacecraft will collect the data about the potential landing sites for the future space missions from NASA. According to the scientists, the NASA is aiming to obtain information about the formation of life as the theory suggests that the LIfe on earth formed after an asteroid collision.

The Lori Glaze, acting director for NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said that the NASA never pursued such dangerous missions, but with the help of Canadian Space agency, they are collecting the data from the space object that formed before the life came into existence on the earth. From the start of October month, the spacecraft navigation team performed the manuevers and adjusted the orientation of the OSIRIS-REx to achieve the orbit. By the end of this month, the spacecraft will collect the valuable data and also send the 60gm of dirt and rocks from the asteroid back to earth. The Bennu Asteroid is the smallest outer space object ever observed by humans and the spacecraft.

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