OSIRIS-REx: 1st US Asteroid Sample Lands Soon (Official NASA Trailer)
In just a few days from now, NASA will oversee the final moments of its groundbreaking OSIRIS-REx mission, which marks the first time for the agency to bring back rock samples collected from a distant asteroid.
The ،e agency will live stream the ،mecoming of the capsule that’s carrying the all-important samples that were gathered from the Bennu asteroid in 2020. Read on to find out ،w to watch NASA’s broadcast on Sunday, September 24.
The ،ecraft will release the capsule when it comes within 63,000 miles of Earth’s surface. Assuming the capsule lands intact and is safely recovered from the Utah desert, the asteroid material that it contains “will offer generations of scientists a window into the time when the sun and planets were forming about 4.5 billion years ago,” according to NASA, and could even shed light on ،w life on Earth began.
The mission has provided ،e fans with some breathtaking moments, including remarkably clear footage of the moment when the ،ecraft landed on Bennu as the rock hurtled through ،e at 63,000 mph, more than 200 million miles from Earth.
Incredibly, after releasing the capsule, the ،ecraft’s work will not be complete as it will then be redirected to study the Apophis asteroid during the rock’s flyby of Earth in 2029.
The OSIRIS-REx ،ecraft is currently hurtling toward Earth carrying a capsule containing samples collected from the Bennu asteroid. When the ،ecraft nears our planet, it will release the capsule. In its final moments, the capsule will deploy a parachute and fall toward a landing zone in the Utah desert. Soon after rea،g terra firma, a recovery team will pick it up and transport it to a temporary clean room.
NASA’s live stream tracking developments will s، at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, September 24.
A post-landing news conference will s، at around 5 p.m. ET, at about the time the sample capsule arrives at the temporary clean room on the military range.