Humans are one step nearer to determining the mysteries of the universe — and it is all due to a NASA capsule that simply obtained again with some house soil … from a good distance away!
The capsule was shot down from a bigger mom ship spacecraft referred to as OSIRIS-REx, which obtained launched into the sky a complete 7 years in the past … with the concept being that it’d journey billions of miles to achieve an enormous asteroid named Bennu, which whereas far … it is nonetheless inside attain for us.
NASA wished to check particles from this asteroid, which is alleged to be very, very previous. Scientists say the samples collected are going to assist us perceive extra about our origins, to not point out different discoveries about our photo voltaic system and perhaps even the galaxy at massive.
It took some time, however the capsule lastly touched down Sunday … touchdown in a Utah desert, the place NASA deployed helicopters as a part of a restoration group. Seems they wished to be additional cautious with this factor — even once they obtained again to the lab, it was hazmat go well with galore.
As for what precisely the samples include … it is principally simply rocks and mud, however contemplating it comes from an asteroid that possible traveled from a far distance, precaution is important.
While that is the primary such asteroid mission for NASA, Japan’s house company has already beat us to it … a pair completely different instances, really. Still, it is a main accomplishment for the U.S. — and simply one other instance of individuals venturing out into house increasingly now.
With the samples again right here on Earth, they will now go to Texas for additional examine. NASA says it plans to disclose its findings someday in October.