An American space probe that has collected material from an asteroid has started its journey back to Earth. NASA’s Osirix-Rex probe released in October Last year landed on asteroid Bennu, has absorbed around 200-400 grams of debris and, if all goes well, will return to Earth in September 2023.
Scientists hope to learn more about the origin of the solar system, and with it the earth, along with the collected sand. Courage could tell more about the birth of the planets and the origin of life on Earth. Bennu is estimated to be 490 meters long and about 4.5 billion years old.
The exact amount of sand sucked in only becomes clear after landing on Earth. To reach Earth, the probe will circle the sun twice and travel a distance of 2.3 billion kilometers. The asteroid is now about 287 million kilometers from Earth.
The mission, which will cost more than $ 800 million, is the first in a series of multiple NASA missions to asteroids. This is the first time the Americans have wanted to bring material from an asteroid to Earth, but Japan has already preceded them. It was pretty much a much smaller quantity Equipment.
How to get sand on an asteroid? A mission manager explained how it was going last year: