Go-Ahead for OSIRIS-REx Mission
Several experts from NASA and external organization worked at the mission system design. On April 2, the Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) communicated the news.
OSIRIS-REx will be sent into space in the fall of 2016. It will reach the asteroid Bennu and then return a sample of it to Earth in 2023 for scientists to study.
The reconstruction of what a massive asteroid caused on Earth
Scientists reconstructed the consequences that 3.26 billion years ago a massive asteroid had on Earth. It was almost 37 km wide and hit an area vast like South Africa. The energy arose from its impact caused a half-hour-long earthquake, boiled the oceans and colored the sky of deep red.
NEOShield’s target object: Close approach observations
The photo shows 2001 QC34 imaged by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on 24th January 2014. Image courtesy of the Pan-STARRS 1 Science Consortium, supported by the NASA NEO Office.