On Dec. 3, the OSIRIS-REx went into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, 241,000 to 209 million miles away from Earth (depending on its orbit). OSIRISREx is a spacecraft created to gather the largest sample of solid outer space material since the Apollo missions from 1969–1972, when the moon rocks were brought to Earth. For now, it will be scanning and mapping the entire surface of Bennu, which is 500 meters in diameter. The engineers’ planned method to make contact with the asteroid is called Tacsam.
Have you ever wondered whether there are quakes or temblors on Mars? What about how the planet formed?
Scientists intend to answer those questions and more. The InSight lander touched down at the end of November after a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
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