NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft enters orbit around ancient asteroid Bennu

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    More big space news to start the new year.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...d-Bennu-ahead-2020-sample-return-mission.html
     
  2. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    This is awesome. It is amazing that we can send probes to make observations of objects like this that are so far away and so small and so old.
     
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    We are in the beginning stages of asteroid mining. The next 1000 years should prove interesting. ;)
     
  4. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040

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    Dumb question maybe but how much more difficult is it to land on an asteroid than a planet or the moon?
     
  5. MacNut, Jan 5, 2019
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    I think the real difficulty is catching up to an object so small. It depends on the rotation, orbit and speed of the asteroid. The goal is to retrieve samples and bring them back to earth.
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    Here is some information from the mission website.
    https://www.asteroidmission.org/status-updates/

     

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