Asteroid Bennu and the OSIRIS-REx mission

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We have written this article to give you more details about NASA’s interest for Asteroid Bennu. Keep reading if you want to know all about it.

If you didn’t hear about the Asteroid Bennu before, we have to tell you that it was discovered in 1999. Since then, NASA was very interested in observing it.

Why does NASA keep an eye on this space rock in particular?

We have two main reasons for you. The first one is that maybe Asteroid Bennu can give them some clues about how life was formed on Earth. The second one is even more important. Asteroid Bennu is expected to be very dangerous and to inpact Earth somewhere between 2175-2199.

So, what‘s NASA‘s plan?

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission has as the main goal to get a sample from Asteroid Bennu. In order to do that, the team has to find the best spots for the sample collection. NASA told us that they are trying to be prepared for everything because this mission it’s risky. That’s why they are constantly working on finding some safe areas.

As for now, the OSIRIS-REx wants to dedicate another four months to carefully analyze the four candidate sites that they found so far. NASA needs to make sure that they are safe. The four candidate sites that we mentioned before are called Nightingale, Kingfisher, Osprey and Sandpiper. If you didn’t realize, they are all birds native to Egypt. NASA kept its tradition of naming the asteroids and spacecraft after Egyptian deities or mythological birds.

These are all the updates available so far about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and Asteroid Bennu. We’ll keep you updated because the topic is very important. More information from NASA’s officials will come in the future. We hope that the mission will be successful and the 4 sites will be safe.


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