Come on, we pack it all up and ship it to Earth! Rushing its initial schedule a little, the American space agency chose to initiate the next step for its Osiris-Rex probe as early as Tuesday: store the rock dust it collected on the asteroid Bénou in a storage capsule. , ready to return to the blue planet.
Last Tuesday’s dust collection operation was a great success. A little too big a success, perhaps, and this is the problem: the sample collector installed on the probe seems full to the point that its sealing valve no longer closes and it is leaking. … On the last photos of Osiris-Rex, we see rock dust escaping into space.
The goal was to suck up at least 60 grams of asteroid gravel. To do this, Osiris-Rex descended towards Bénou’s surface until it brushed against it, and deployed his articulated arm towards the ground. At the end of the arm, there is the collection system n
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