NASA successfully sent a probe OSIRIS-REx to asteroid Bennu
Not so long ago we wrote that NASA intends to send spacecraft to the asteroid Bennu, who in the year 2169 with probability 0,037% might collide with our planet.
As planned, the launch took place on 8 September 2016 from Cape Canaveral, everything went well, the start is depicted in the following video.
Space probe OSIRIS-REx went to a seven-year journey, during which for the first time in the history of the Earth will be delivered to the soil sample from the asteroid. There is another reason why experts decided to study Bennu. It is believed that these asteroids appeared during the formation of the Solar system 4.5 billion years ago, serving as sources of water and organic molecules to Earth and other planets.
The cost of the mission is 800 million dollars.