The amount that the signal shifts will help determine how massive the asteroid is. If successful, OSIRIS-REx will be the smallest object to be orbited by a spacecraft. It is only around 500 meters in diameter, but it is considered to be a potentially hazardous asteroid that could collide with Earth sometime in the 22nd Century. Its proximity to us made it a prime target for OSIRIS-REx.
It has been chasing the diamond-shaped body for two years, and will orbit it for another year before scooping some gravel from the asteroid's surface and sending it back to Earth.
The sampling arm will contact the surface of Bennu for five seconds.
The arm has a full range of motion, with joints capable of movement comparable to shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. The spacecraft will collect samples from the space rock which could pave the way for an asteroid mining industry, with some of them worth trillions of dollars due to their minerals which are scarce on Earth such as platinum.
About the size of an SUV, the spacecraft will shadow the asteroid for a year, before scooping up some gravel for return to Earth in 2023. The sample will be packed into a capsule that will drop in the Utah desert in 2023. However, OSIRIS isn't returning to Earth, it's just dropping off its precious cargo.
Azhar Ali shines in last Test against New Zealand
The Black Caps don't have to look far for good omens as they fight for victory in the third and deciding test against Pakistan . New Zealand couldn't get the breakthrough even after bowling 10 overs with the second new ball before lunch.
Scientists say the ancient asteroid could hold clues to the origin of life. The asteroid fits a number of criteria that make it intriguing and convenient. This means that although it's now 76 million miles away, it gets fairly close to Earth every six years. Along the way, the spacecraft performed a flyby of Earth on September 22, 2017 for a gravity assist to place the craft on its final trajectory to Bennu. This means OSIRIS-REx can match its velocity and touch down briefly.
A Japanese spacecraft has been documenting another close-to-Earth asteroid called Ryugu since June.
Using a circular device much like a car's air filter, and a reverse vacuum to stir up and collect dust, the device aims to grab about two ounces (60 grams) of material from the asteroid's surface, and return it to Earth for further study. It will also give vital information on how to deflect asteroids from their collision course with Earth. Such analyses will address the chief mission goal: helping researchers better understand the solar system's early days, and the role that carbon-rich asteroids such as Bennu may have played in life's emergence on Earth.
NASA scientists suspect Bennu might contain bounties of valuable resources that can be used for future deep space exploration. It's because of objects like Bennu that these resources were delivered to Earth during its formation.
"We have arrived", said Javier Cerna, an engineer at Lockheed Martin, as his colleagues at mission control in Littleton, Colorado cheered and exchanged high-fives, according to a live NASA television broadcast. It is about 1,600 feet (488 meters) wide and most likely broke away from a larger asteroid between Mars and Jupiter a couple of billion years ago. During this period, OSIRIS-REx completed four maneuvers slowing the spacecraft's velocity from approximately 1,100 miles per hour (491 m/sec) to 0.10 miles per hour (0.04 m/sec) relative to Bennu, which resulted in the slower approach speed at the end of the video.
In 2017, the head of Allo left Google for Facebook, and shortly thereafter most of the Allo team moved over to Android Messages . One thing seems to be sure: if you use either of these apps, it's time to switch to something else.
Different TV makers call it by different names, including Sony's MotionFlow , Samsung's Auto Motion Plus and LG's TruMotion . We'll be honest, this isn't what we expected of the first video from the long-awaited Top Gun sequel .
Trade analyst and film critics Ramesh Bala took to his official Twitter handle to share the latest figures of the superhit 2.0. The film is one of the most expensive Indian film which also is a standalone sequel to 2010's Enthiran .
If you upgraded to iOS 12 .1.1, let us know how your experience is with the update so far in the comments section below. The app introduced a menu tray which, in turn, hid the toggle to switch between the iPhone's two cameras.
Under the search and infamous "I'm Feeling Lucky" button is a line of text that simply reads: "President George H.W. When the casket was brought in, all attendees were seen standing with their hands on their hearts.
He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing. Graham asserts pretty blatantly that Trump himself is tied up in the killing to some extent.
The family are said to be now looking at the town's other unusual laws - including one that only recognises cats and dogs as pets. While Dane could very well have a future as a politician or attorney, he's told his parent's he wants to play in the NFL.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make a flying visit to British troops on Wednesday to wish them a "Merry Christmas". Their visit comes after weeks of stories about tensions within the royal family, especially between Meghan and Kate .
It must say Both looked simply ideal together and here are some more many inside photos of both ceremonies. We've received dozens of messages from readers expressing their anger. "The whole piece missed the mark".
The Golden Globes had aired without a host for decades until NBC in 2010 tapped Ricky Gervais for the job. Samberg hosted the Emmy Awards in 2015, but it will be Oh's first time hosting a major awards show.
Ubisoft teases post-apocalyptic Far Cry project
According to the teaser, the new Far Cry title will be available on PS4, Xbox One , and PC, but there's no release date just yet. The game appears to be a direct continuation of Far Cry 5 , following the destruction of life on Earth at the end of the game.
Corbyn praises 'brave' MP for revealing his HIV diagnosis
According to her, 70 million people had been infected of HIV, and 35 million have died of the infection since discovery in 1983. He told the Press Association that there were "low level elements of stigma [surrounding HIV] in every day life".
Thousands of O2 users stuck offline in mobile phone blackout
Mobile network O2 has said it is investigating a technical fault that has left thousands of mobile customers unable to get online. It has 25 million direct customers, but also provides services for the Sky, Tesco, Giffgaff and Lycamobile networks.
Bigg Boss 12 Day 79: BB School Bus Challenge Causes Chaos
However, tomorrow seems to be fun as the housemates will be divided into two teams headed by Sreesanth and Romil Chaudhury. Somi tells him that she has a problem not because everyone is playing a game but because her trust has been betrayed.
Trump asks Opec not to cut production
They'd like to see lower gasoline prices at the pumps, because that's important for votes in the United States." . Trump wrote in a tweet ahead of the group's meeting this week to discuss possible cuts.
Watch SpaceX blast off to the ISS live online HERE
Today's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station might have come even sooner if it weren't for some moldy mouse food . It appeared to be undamaged and was transmitting data, Musk said, adding that a recovery ship was sent to retrieve it.