After some moments of & # 39; anxiety, the monitoring mission OSIRIS-Rex NASA confirmed the meeting & # 39; this Bennu space probe to the asteroid, also known as "the asteroid death". B & # 39; health-carbon, this celestial body can & # 39; containing chemical precursors of life origin and oceans of our planet and that is why on the surface research its is so important.
"We arrived", the telecom engineer, Javi Cerna, announced during a broadcast from NASA mission control at Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado. This is an important step in the mission & # 39; OSIRIS-Rex, whose aim is to study an object at near Terra & # 39; close range and sample & # 39; hook to bring them back to Earth in 2023.
Mark Fisher, head of the Space engineer for OSIRIS-Rex mission at Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado, said the maneuver to reach Bennu paved the way for the flight regime & # 39; accuracy will do over the next year and a half to make a map and discover all that we can and Osiris-Rex to determine the best place to find a sample & # 39; the asteroid and bring it back. "
Over the coming months, the ship will make a total of five passes & # 39; on the north pole, the equator and the south pole f & # 39; distance & # 39; 7 kilometers. The main scientific objectives & # 39; this Preliminary Phase are to estimate the mass of & # 39; Bennu, refine the state & # 39; rotation of the asteroid and generate an overall pattern b & # 39; resolution & # 39; 75 cm.
The aim of the mission is to gather a sample of the surface layer raw and return it to the World. However, before you do all this, the spacecraft will allocate nearly two years to shape its contours.
It is estimated that in July 2020 the ship will next face in the short & # 39; Bennu to collect at least 60 grams (equivalent to about 30 sugar packet) of & # 39; earth and rock.
The spacecraft will then pack the sample in & # 39; capsule and travels back to Earth, dropping & # 39; that the capsule in the western desert & # 39; Utah in 2023, Where scientists will be waiting to recover it.