On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, a NASA spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx attempts to reach out and grab a piece of an asteroid named Bennu to bring it back to Earth.
The OSIRIS-REx team has just three chances to extend its spacecraft’s specialized arm, touch down for five seconds, and collect material from the surface of Bennu. But if they can pull it off, scientists could gain great insight into Earth’s origins—and even learn to defend against rogue asteroids that may one day threaten our planet.
Tune in or stream "Touching the Asteroid" on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 9/8c on PBS: https://to.pbs.org/350Gqv3
Read more about NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission on NOVA: https://to.pbs.org/2T2bpRW
Image credit: (OSIRIS-REx approaching Bennu, artist’s rendition)
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