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OSIRIS-REx Meets Bennu , Asteroid Sample Collection Activities Start Tuesday

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posted on Oct, 18 2020 @ 04:50 AM
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4 years into its 7 year mission NASA's sample collecting Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is ready for its close up with Asteroid Bennu , if all goes to plan OSIRIS-REx will brush past Bennu and release a burst of nitrogen gas to loosen material which will be collected by OSIRIS-REx's sample collecting arm , NASA aim to recover about 60 grams of the asteroid which has been touring our Solar System since its formation some 4.5 Billion years ago.


NASA will have enough nitrogen gas for three attempts at collection but hopefully the first shot will be all that is needed before OSIRIS-REx sends its sample home while we wait untill 2023 for its arrival.

NASA will be live streaming the event which will take place between 1:20 to 6:30 p.m local Earth time.

Live stream animation displaying OSIRIS-REx’s sample collection activities in real time. The animation commences with the spacecraft’s slew into position for the Orbit Departure Maneuver and runs through the entire sequence of TAG events, concluding after the spacecraft’s back-away burn.
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Events like this show just how brilliant we can be when we set our sights on something , touching a small moving rock 331,849,015 kilometers away and hopefully returning pieces of it home will be a mind blowing achievement.

Good luck chaps and chapesses.




posted on Oct, 18 2020 @ 05:01 AM
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a reply to: gortex

Interesting!

S&F!



posted on Oct, 18 2020 @ 10:03 AM
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a reply to: gortex

Godspeed OSIRIS-REx.


Bring back that Unobtainium and kick the space race into high gear.



posted on Oct, 18 2020 @ 12:19 PM
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NASA posted this short video back in August of a dry run for the maneuver they've planned to do on Tuesday.


Captured on Aug. 11 during the second rehearsal of the OSIRIS-REx mission’s sample collection event, this series of images shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid Bennu’s surface. The rehearsal brought the spacecraft through the first three maneuvers of the sampling sequence to a point approximately 131 feet (40 meters) above the surface, after which the spacecraft performed a back-away burn.

These images were captured over a 13.5-minute period. The imaging sequence begins at approximately 420 feet (128 meters) above the surface – before the spacecraft executes the “Checkpoint” maneuver – and runs through to the “Matchpoint” maneuver, with the last image taken approximately 144 feet (44 meters) above the surface of Bennu.




posted on Oct, 18 2020 @ 01:42 PM
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Interestingly Asteroid Bennu has 1-in-2,700 chance of impacting Earth

Maybe we are giving it a little nudge to make those odds a bit lower like a 1-in-10...Always found NASA's naming convention to be strange and very mysterious at best.

Osiris is the Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead and of course REX is king.

Bennu is the ancient Egyptian mythological bird associated with the Sun, creation, and rebirth.

I also love that Bennu is diamond shaped or that of a battered cube. S&F!



posted on Oct, 18 2020 @ 01:49 PM
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I too found the names curious , creative types for sure.



posted on Oct, 19 2020 @ 07:55 AM
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Thanks, Gortex!

By the way, and I don't think this was mentioned here, but there will be a media briefing on NASA TV about Tuesday's touch-and-go event today (Monday) at 3 PM U.S. Eastern time, 19:00 GMT.

Edit to add:

Here's a link giving information about the pre-event media briefings. Looking at this, I noticed there will also be a telephone media conference at 1 PM Eastern (17:00 GMT) as well as the 3 PM briefing, which is labeled in the link as a "Science and Engineering Televised Briefing."

www.nasa.gov...


Monday, Oct. 19

1 p.m. – Asteroid Science and Planetary Defense media teleconference with the following participants:

- Lori Glaze, Planetary Science Division director, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Hal Levison, Lucy mission principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado
- Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Psyche mission principal investigator, Arizona State University, Tempe
- Andrea Riley, DART mission program executive, NASA Headquarters
- Jamie Elsila, research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
For dial-in information, media should contact Alana Johnson at alana.r.johnson@nasa.gov no later than 11 a.m. Oct. 19.

3 p.m. – OSIRIS-REx Science and Engineering televised briefing with the following participants:

- Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Lori Glaze, Planetary Science Division director, NASA Headquarters
- Heather Enos, OSIRIS-REx deputy principal investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson
- Kenneth Getzandanner, OSIRIS-REx flight dynamics manager, Goddard
- Beth Buck, OSIRIS-REx mission operations program manager, Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado



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posted on Oct, 19 2020 @ 11:59 AM
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As mentioned above, here is a link to the first of two pre-event live telephonic media briefings for tomorrow's Touch-and-Go sample collection at Bennu. This one is about Asteroid science and planetary defense. It's about to start.

There will be second briefing by the engineering team at 3 PM (Eastern time) today.


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posted on Oct, 19 2020 @ 02:19 PM
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LIVE Engineering Team Pre-event media conference about tomorrow's Touch-and-go sample collection:



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posted on Oct, 19 2020 @ 02:25 PM
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4 years into its 7 year mission NASA's sample collecting Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is ready for its close up with Asteroid Bennu , if all goes to plan OSIRIS-REx will brush past Bennu


NASA work has occultic ritual level too.

The Anointed King of the underworld Osiris meets the Soul of the Sun God Ra.

As Above

So Below








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