In October 2020, NASA. Before Osiris-Rex returns to Earth to offer his reward, it is going to display the scene of the heir again. The spacecraft performed a final very close flyby of Bennu on Wednesday to find out, “to the extent of the mess.”
Osiris-Rex was a bit greedy during the sample capture operation, picking one upThat was stowed sooner than expected. It left a mark on the asteroid.
“The Osiris-Rex team decided to add this final flyover because the surface of Benue was greatly disturbed by the sample collection program,” NASA said. “During touchdown, the sampling head of the spacecraft sank 1.6 feet (48.8 centimeters) into the asteroid’s surface and simultaneously fired a nitrogen gas pressurized charge.” Thrusters throwing Osiris-Rex back also disturbed the surface.
NASA has scheduled a flyover for April 7, with the goal of capturing images of the collection site from a distance of only 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) away.
Osiris-Rex will rotate in Benue until 10 May, when it will call off a two-year return journey to Earth. The pieces of Bennu will be delivered to scientists via a sample return capsule jetenated by the spacecraft.
Meanwhile, NASA will get to compare images before and after the sampling site just to see how large a portion of the Oasis-Rex was left on Beanu.
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