NASA invites you to see its asteroid sample return mission

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NASA is conducting the first asteroid sample return mission and has sent invitations so we can see the process live at 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 10.

We can see it from the NASA channel; from your app or from the agency's website, as well as follow the details from your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts using #ToBennuAndBack, and ask questions about the mission by commenting on an Instagram story between 12 pm EDT, May 10 and 12 pm EDT, May 11.

OSIRIS-REx is the name of the mission, the acronym for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, and Regolith Explorer. NASA's first mission is to visit an asteroid near Earth, study the surface, and collect a sample to deliver to Earth.

Scientists will reveal new images of the final flyover of asteroid Bennu's mission during transmission and discuss the moments they had during sampling in October 2020.

OSIRIS-REx | NASA

On the 10th, the same day as the Chinese rocket crash on Earth, confirmation will be received that the spacecraft fired its main thrusters away from the orbit of asteroid Bennu. That way, OSIRIS-REx, which arrived in Bennu in 2018, will officially begin its long journey home with 60 grams of asteroid material. It'll take two years to get back to Earth.

The ship's thrusters must change their speed by 958 kilometers per hour for the trajectory to cross the Earth and achieve success. On the return journey, the ship will move twice around the Sun, covering 2.3 billion kilometers to reach Earth.

Scientists plan to analyze the sample to learn about the formation of our solar system and earth's development as a habitable planet.

Follow the subject closely in nasa.gov/live and in asteroidmission.org

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