Flight controllers triggered the critical process after some of the samples collected were spilled on The space last week.
Spacecraft collectedOsiris-Rex“ Pebbles and other bits of asteroid Bennu on October 20, by briefly touching the surface with its robotic arm and grabbing everything that was there. So much was collected – an estimated hundreds of fines – that the rocks got trapped in the edge of the container and opened up, allowing some samples to fall off.
All that remains will not leave Benno’s neighborhood until March, when the asteroid and Earth will be properly aligned. And it will be 2023 – seven years after the launch of the Osiris Rex from Cape Canaveral – before samples arrive here.
This is the first US mission to seek asteroid samples.
Japan has done this twice in other space rocks and expects its latest batch to arrive in December.
he thinks that Benno Orbiting the sun and rich in carbon, it contains the preserved building blocks of the solar system.
The scientists said that the samples could help explain how the planets of our solar system formed billions of years ago and how life arose on Earth.
They added that samples can also help improve our odds, if a doomsday rock is on our way.
Pino – a round black rock larger than the Empire State Building in New York – could get dangerously close to the ground in the late next decade.
The odds of a strike are 1 in 2,700. The good news is that while you throw a punch, the home planet will not be erased.
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