9-10 show sample resumes
NASA’s aboriginal asteroid-sampling mission OSIRIS-REx has captured an absurd angel of the Earth, the media reported.
The angel was captured on December 19, 2018, canicule afore Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) went into apogee about Bennu on New Year’s Eve, the Daily Mail reported.
Bennu is the aboriginal anytime angelic anatomy to be orbited by a spacecraft.
The account shows the asteroid Bennu, top right, about 43 kilometres from the spacecraft, and the Earth and moon, basal left, added than 110 actor kilometres away.
The tiny asteroid — about 500 meters beyond — appears as a big ablaze balloon in the long-exposure photo appear aftermost week, the address said.
Launched from Florida in 2016, OSIRIS-REx aircraft accomplished Bennu on December 3, 2018 afterwards travelling added than one billion afar through space. The aircraft will absorb about a year analysis the amplitude bedrock from orbit.
On January 1, 2019, the spacecraft, 110 actor kilometres away, agitated out a single, eight-second bake of its thrusters. Now, it will amphitheater Bennu about 1.75 kilometres from its centre, afterpiece than any added aircraft has appear to its angelic article of study.
Previously, the abutting apogee of a all-embracing anatomy was in May 2016, back the Rosetta aircraft orbited about seven kilometres from the centre of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The aircraft is appointed to apogee Bennu through mid-February at a comfortable 62 hours per orbit.
The OSIRIS-REx aggregation will resume science operations in backward February.
At that point, the aircraft will accomplish a alternation of abutting flybys of Bennu for several months to booty high-resolution images of every aboveboard inch of the asteroid to advice baddest a sampling site.
During the summer of 2020, the aircraft will briefly blow the apparent of Bennu to retrieve a sample.
The OSIRIS-REx mission is appointed to bear the sample to Earth in September 2023.