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In the fall of 2016 to the asteroid Bennu starts an interplanetary mission
Not long left to wait, after three months, autumn and the start of the mission to the asteroid Bennu. In the beginning of September to this amazing asteroid will leave the machine OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer). The Atlas V rocket will prepare and launch from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. The main thing to start on time and to get it in there is a point at which the minimum correction possible is to get to the asteroid.
The project itself is to be delivered to the object a probe that will take samples of the soil on the asteroid and successfully returned to Earth for further study. The mission itself is not an accident or coincidence that she won the competition, NASA "New frontiers".
This mission is quite long, first there, then back on and everything, about all the time right up to 2023. If the probe starts successfully and will reach you in time, you will be in place just in 2018. To study the asteroid will first remotely deleting 4.8 km, this part of the experiment will be assigned almost 500 days. During this time needs to be obtained detailed information on the asteroid`s surface, to create 3D models and maps of the surface. When the "globe" of the asteroid benny will be ready starting the next stage will be to choose the landing site of soil sampling. The soil probe will take just 60 grams, this amount would be enough to explore. The soil will pack and shooting in a special capsule to the Earth.
Asteroid found and given such an interesting name in 2013, this name is not in honor of the comedian Benn, and in honor of the bird that kept the soul of the God Osiris. The catalogs of asteroid is listed under the number — 1999 RQ36. The asteroid is not large, its diameter is only half a kilometer. The asteroid 1999 RQ36 orbits the Sun in a complex orbit with a rotational period of 1.2 years. Scientists believe that there is the slightest chance that the Earth captured the asteroid, its gravitational field and when it is it will fall on our heads. Americans have even calculated the chance of dropping and it amounted to 1/4000. If such a cataclysm will happen, no earlier than in or 2169 to 2199 year. The likelihood is not great that the asteroid will fall, but still the risk is there and NASA are concerned about this issue. Scientists are looking over this asteroid is not gold or silver, and the primary carbon, the one who was born still at an early stage of the Solar system.