NASA has had a busy few months already however its OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe isn’t ready for anybody. The spacecraft, which has spent the final two years touring to the area rock referred to as Bennu, will lastly meet its goal right now, and NASA shall be reside streaming the occasion so we are able to all take pleasure in their pleasure.
The OSIRIS-REx mission is a vital one for NASA as a result of it goals to assist researchers study extra about near-Earth asteroids, together with people who may at some point pose a menace to Earth. With two years of flying already underneath its belt, expectations are excessive for the probe, however first NASA has to verify it arrives protected and sound, and that’s what right now is all about.
The precise arrival of the spacecraft received’t be a landing or touchdown on the asteroid. OSIRIS-REx will really must spend a great deal of time hanging out in orbit round Bennu earlier than it makes its transfer, so right now is simply affirmation of the probe’s arrival.
After right now, OSIRIS-REx will spend almost a yr inspecting Bennu and sending again extremely detailed photos of its floor. As NASA research these photos the OSIRIS-REx staff will resolve on the very best place to land. Upon touchdown, it’ll take samples of the asteroid’s floor after which return again to Earth to ship that materials to keen scientists.
Right this moment’s NASA stream will start at roughly 11:45 a.m. EST and can final for round a half hour. We’ll get to listen to commentary from NASA workers explaining precisely what’s going on with the spacecraft, and we’ll study its standing updates in actual time together with the oldsters in mission management. Count on to listen to numerous cheering when affirmation comes that OSIRIS-REx lastly discovered its new dwelling round Bennu.