Osiris-Rex Asteroid Sample Reaches Earth
© AP Photo / NASAThis undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
© AP Photo / NASA
The spacecraft took off in 2016 and reached the asteroid in 2018. Two years of observation passed before the surface material was collected.
Sputnik brings you a live broadcast from the Utah desert in the United States where the Osiris-Rex space mission is about to land, bringing samples of the Bennu asteroid in a capsule.
It is the first time NASA has tried to collect asteroid particles. The main challenge is the fiery descent – the capsule with Bennu samples will be overheated in the atmosphere. The landing will last approximately 13 minutes.
The material from the asteroid was collected in 2020 – before the attempt to collect the particles, the Osiris-Rex spacecraft observed Bennu for two years.
Follow Sputnik's live feed to learn more!