Accordingly, NASA wants to know exactly what Bennu - and asteroids like it - are composed of, should future engineers have to use lasers or still-unknown technology to deflect the ominous space rock away from our planet.
OSIRIS-REx will spend the next year in orbit around its target before dropping down briefly so it can get close enough to scoop up a sample of dirt and rock from the surface.
Coverage of the event will be streamed live starting 11:45 a.m. ET.
'We have arrived, ' technicians announced, spurring high-fives and clapping around the control room. "To Bennu and back!"
"Osiris-Rex" ultimate goal is to bring back a regolith sample of at least 2.1 ounces. The spacecraft will spend nearly a year surveying the asteroid with five scientific instruments with the goal of selecting a location that is safe and scientifically interesting to collect the sample of the asteroid. The sample container would break loose and head toward Earth in 2021.
NASA fears that the asteroid, which has the potential to wipe out a country on Earth, could hit our planet within the next 200 years, with the next close flyby in 2135, but this depends on the Yarkovsky effect. For one, it's close to Earth - as far as space goes, anyways.
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Even the word "multilateralism" itself has fallen out of favour in a group created to foster global cooperation. President Donald Trump has criticized the WTO and taken aggressive trade policies targeting China and the EU.
In July 2020, NASA intends to send OSIRIS-REx to the surface of Bennu and gather 4.4 pounds of rock, put the rocks in a sturdy capsule, and then blast back to Earth.
But its orbit drifts 0.18 miles each year toward the sun, and OSIRIS-REx will enable researchers to understand why and to predict Bennu's movements. Its orbit switches between those of Earth and Mars, making it what's officially called a "near-Earth asteroid".
Scientists say the ancient asteroid could hold clues to the origin of life.
Bennu is essentially a leftover from the formation of our solar system billions of years ago, although some of the minerals inside it could be even older.
The spacecraft launched on September 8, 2016 at 19:05 EST aboard an Atlas V rocket.
It is the first US attempt to gather asteroid samples for return to Earth, something only Japan has accomplished so far.
Alberta oil cuts may not mean spike at the pump in BC
Roughly speaking, Notley said, while the rest of the world sells its oil at about $50 per barrel, Alberta fetches only $10. The specific impact of the production cut will be provided when Suncor issues its 2019 capital and production guidance.
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Japanese space agency JAXA first proved sample collection from an asteroid was possible.
The chances of Bennu striking earth are still a fraction of a per cent. Carbon is the hinge upon which organic molecules hang.
"Bennu is likely rich in organic molecules, which are made of chains of carbon bonded with atoms of oxygen, hydrogen, and other elements in a chemical recipe that makes all known living things". Specifically, Bennu holds clay deposits, and embedded in clay is water. OSIRIS-REx fired its thrusters for a small burn, putting it about 4.3 miles from Bennu, marking the end of its journey to the asteroid. "So that's over two-and-a-half years of operations at the asteroid".
"The story of this asteroid is the story of the solar system", said Bashar Rizk, instrument scientist for OSIRIS-REx.
World leaders race to deliver on climate deal at summit
At the COP24 climate talks, nations must agree to a rulebook palatable to all 183 states who have ratified the Paris deal. Brazil's strongman president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, for one, has promised to follow the American lead during his campaign.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed in principal to acquire Segura for shortstop J.P. Segura, 28, played two seasons in Seattle after the Mariners acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016.
Winless two games into the Warriors' current five-game road trip, the time for that necessary improvement has arrived. While disappointed in the final result, Curry was of the mentality that it won't be long until he finds his groove.
Despite the loss of mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by taking part in a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport, Maine. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Saturday mourned the passing of former President George H.W.
Baker, who served Bush as secretary of state, joined others in paying warm tribute on Sunday television talk shows. The crew has been tasked by President Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41".
Whole Foods, which Amazon acquired for roughly $13.5 billion in 2017, has since added grocery pickups and one-hour delivery. The company plans to build more of these small stores, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.
Jerry Hughes was recorded on video confronting a referee after his Buffalo Bills lost 21-17 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. One play later, the Bills stopped Miami for another loss, and Phillips applauded in the direction of the Dolphins' bench.
Arjen Robben has confirmed that he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season when his contract expires. Speaking to Omnisport during an official fan club visit, Robben said: "It's my a year ago at Bayern ".
As well as the U.S, they are Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and South Korea. The UAE passport was in 27th position on the index in December 2016 and had risen to 4th place at the end of October.
Cent causes outrage with comments about estranged son
After receiving backlash, the Power star tweeted, "I have zero ill will towards anyone living on this Earth". Marquise spoke about his strained relationship with the I Get Money artist in a 2017 interview with Rap Up .
Apple's AirPods May See a New Design in 2020
So, if you're looking for the new AirPods, you'll likely still have to hold on for a couple of more months. Without knowing how much the AirPods cost to assemble, it's not clear how much extra that would be.
21 injured, 100 homes damaged in south IL tornado
With at least nine confirmed tornadoes, Saturday's outbreak was the second largest December tornado outbreak ever recorded in IL . The tornado traveled at least 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast, though investigators are still determining its end location.
DE Rashan Gary of Michigan Wolverines to skip Peach Bowl
Otherwise, the Wolverines allowed more than 21 points just once all season, during a 24-17 season-opening at Notre Dame . A postseason matchup with a team that boasts the top-ranked defense in the nation is looming for the Florida Gators .
Nvidia tops off its Turing range with the Titan RTX
Finally, content creators will be glad to know that the Titan RTX will facilitate real-time 8K video recording. Users with deep pockets can pair two Titan RTX cards to scale memory and compute performance via NVLink .
Updated AirPods supposedly will land in early 2019
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Cupertino is planning an upgrade for Q1 2019 and a completely new version in early 2020. Nevertheless, he suggested that people have to wait until 2020 to witness all new AirPods with "all-new design" element.
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The legislator added: "The fake prime minister and his purported government have been thrown out of office by the judiciary". The Court of Appeal ordered 49 members of the new cabinet to appear in court on December 12th to respond to the petition.