NASA has pronounced that on 2016, the spacecraft will blast off to an asteroid.
They will utilize a robotic arm to resolve samples that can better give details our formation of solar system and how life started.
The assignment, named Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-Rex, will be the first U.S. assignment to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth.
Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator said, “This is a critical step in meeting the objectives outlined by President Obama to extend our reach beyond low-Earth orbit and explore into deep space.”
Bolden added, “It’s robotic missions like these that will pave the way for future human space missions to an asteroid and other deep space destinations.”
Asteroids are waste produced from the cloud of gas and dust, the solar nebula that fell down to form our Sun and the planets around 4.5 billion years ago. They consist of the unique material from the solar nebula, which could inform us concerning the situations of the birth of our solar system.
OSIRIS-Rex will move toward the prehistoric after traveling four years, close to Earth asteroid assigned 1999 RQ3 in 2020. The spacecraft will start six month of thorough surface mapping once in three miles of the asteroid. The science team will afterwards choose a location from where the arm of the spacecraft will get a sample.
The spacecraft will slowly go nearer to the location, and the arm will expand to gather over two ounces of material for come back to Earth in 2023. The mission, not including the launch vehicle, is anticipated to value about 800 million dollars.
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