NASA spacecraft reaches asteroid Bennu, plans to send 4 pounds of rock back to Earth

Facebook

An interplanetary visitor has arrived at asteroid Bennu.

On Monday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached the relatively small asteroid after an over two-year journey through the solar system. The 1,600-foot diameter space rock, about the height of the Empire State Building, is of great interest to scientists as the lump of rubble and organic materials might provide a future fuel depot for deep space missions, and likely holds ancient clues about our solar system’s formation.

Now that OSIRIS-REx — short for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer — has arrived at Bennu, the eight-foot-long spacecraft will spend more than a year and a half surveying the asteroid, in preparation to carefully descend to the ground and perform its ambitious, primary mission. …

More about Space, Nasa, Asteroid Mining, Asteroid, and Bennu

Via:: NASA spacecraft reaches asteroid Bennu, plans to send 4 pounds of rock back to Earth