NASA will send a probe on an asteroid that may collide with Earth
NASA announced its intention to send a spacecraft on an asteroid which may collide with our planet. However, if it happens, it is a fairly long time — in the year 2169.
8 September 2016 from Cape Canaveral will launch a space probe OSIRIS-REx, which gets to Osterode, named Bennu in 2018 and return to Earth September 24, 2023.
The head of mission Gordon Johnston (Gordon Johnston) said that the probe will stay at the asteroid until March 2021 or even until April 2022, and the soil sampling from the surface of a celestial body will be made in July 2020. Scientists say that this is the first mission, during which the Earth will be delivered to the sample from the asteroid.
The mission cost is around $ 800 million that will be spent on preparation, seven years of operation of the probe in space and two years of analysis of the data.
The diameter of the asteroid Bennu is more than 500 m, the estimated collision speed exceeds 46 thousand km/h And now you can breathe, because, according to scientists at NASA, the probability of collision is only 0,037%