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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully collected the rocks of the asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully collected pieces of the asteroid called Bennu. This spacecraft has successful collected the rocks pieces from the surface of asteroid Bennu.

The principal investigator Dante Lauretta of this mission said, this mission is 100% successful and the spacecraft has done all things exactly it was supposed to do.”

However, thee spacecraft has not returned to the earth yet.  This is a very big achievement for NASA and it will be very helpful to explore the universe and the nature of the surface of the asteroids.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft history:

NASA’s  spacecraft reached the surface of Bennu asteroid in December 2018. After 2 years of research. It give the detailed map information of about 500 metre in these 2 years. When the scientist observed the surface of the Bennu asteroid, the surafce was found to be smooth and sandy.

But after the research and data collected by  NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, the surafce is found to be rocky and  treacherous. As the information provided by the NASA, the spacecraft did not fully landed on the surface.

It just hovered above the surafce and collected the rock by its robotic arms. The NASA team a selected a crater named Nightingale to collect the pieces of rocks. However this crater had not risk bu the team was panicked by a large rock nearby it.

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The team gave it the name of ‘the Mount Doom.”  NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft crushed the rock with the help of nitrogen gas.

Click here to see the procedure of destroying the rock and collecting the rock particles.

As per the NASA scientists said, the  NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will return to earth in 2023.

The scientist will analyse the structure and thr formation of the rick properly after returning of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the Earth.

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