NASA’s asteroid sampling probe snaps picture of Earth

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  • Date: 2019-01-10T13:17:00
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NASA spacecraft snaps incredible picture of Earth

Nearly a month after it reached its destination, circling the asteroid Bennu, NASA’s’OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has snapped an incredible image of the Earth.

The image was snapped days before’OSIRIS-REx went into orbit around Bennu on New Year’s Eve. The tiny asteroid ‘ barely one-third of a mile across ‘ appears as a big bright blob in the long-exposure photo released last week.

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NASA asteroid WARNING: A giant 127ft space rock will barrel past Earth TONIGHT

The imposing space rock, dubbed by NASA Asteroid 2013 YM2, will make a so-called ‘Earth Close Approach’. NASA’s asteroid trajectory calculations suggest Asteroid YM2 will reach its closest distance to Earth shortly after midnight. Scientists from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, point towards a 1.30am GMT (UTC) flyby through Earth’s corner of space. The good news is, at its closest, Asteroid YM2 will miss the Earth by nearly two million miles (2.9 million km).

But the rogue space rock will swing by close enough and fast enough for NASA’s trackers to pay close attention to the asteroid’s orbit.

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  • Date: 2019-01-09T21:55:00+00:00
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NASA spacecraft captures amazing photo of Earth

Seventy million miles away, Earth appears as a white dot, with the moon an even smaller dot but still clearly visible.

Next year, Osiris-Rex will attempt to gather some samples from the carbon-rich asteroid, for return to Earth in 2023.

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  • Date: 2019-01-09T18:38:34+00:00
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NASA is crashing a satellite into an asteroid to gather data about asteroid deflection

NASA’s part of the mission is called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), and it will serve as the first demonstration of changing asteroid motion in space. The launch window begins in late December 2020, most likely on track for June 2021, for arrival at its targeted asteroid, Didymos, in early October 2022. Didymos is Greek for ‘twin’, the name being chosen because it’s a binary system with two bodies: Didymos the asteroid, about a half mile across, and Didymoon the moonlet, about 530 feet across, acting as a moonlet. The two currently have a Sun-centric orbit and will have a distant approach to Earth around the same time as DART’s launch window and then again in 2024.

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NASA’s asteroid sampling probe snaps picture of Earth

The image was captured on December 19, 2018, days before Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) went into orbit around Bennu on New Year’s Eve, the Daily Mail reported.

The picture shows the asteroid Bennu, top right, about 43 kilometres from the spacecraft, and the Earth and moon, bottom left, more than 110 million kilometres away.

Launched from Florida in 2016, OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached Bennu on December 3, 2018 after travelling more than one billion miles through space. The spacecraft will spend almost a year surveying the space rock from orbit.

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