‘It’s amazing’: scientists analyse 4.6bn-year-old dark dust from Bennu asteroid | Asteroids | The Guardian
A teaspoon’s worth of dark dust and granules scooped from an asteroid 200m miles from Earth has arrived at the Natural History Museum in London, where scientists are preparing to unlock its secrets.
Researchers at the museum received 100mg of the pristine material, which at 4.6bn years old dates back to the dawn of the solar system, after Nasa’s Osiris-Rex mission stopped at asteroid Bennu in 2020 and returned samples to Earth in September.
The spacecraft briefly touched down on Bennu, an asteroid that has a 1-in-1,750 chance of colliding with Earth in the next 300 years, and gathered more than 60g of untouched material, the largest amount brought back from space since the Apollo program.
NASA’s first successful recovery of asteroid samples may reveal information about the origins of the universe
#NASA #Space #Technology #Asteroids #Universe #JAXA #Bennu #OSIRISREx #BennuOrigins #SpaceExploration #AsteroidSamples #UniverseOrigins #NASAmission
A sizable crowd turned out to see a small rock on Friday (Nov. 3), as the #Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. debuted the first display of a piece of the asteroid #Bennu from the sample brought back to Earth by NASA's #OSIRISREx mission: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/sets/72177720312412357/with/53307725349/ and http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-110323a-smithsonian-osiris-rex-bennu-asteroid-unveiling.html
A piece of asteroid Bennu, brought back by the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, went on display today at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Chief guests at the unveiling event:
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
National Museum of Natural History curator of meteorites Tim McCoy
Smithsonian Under Secretary for Science and Research Ellen Stofan
More pics of the event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/sets/72177720312412357/with/53307725349/
Museum visitor info - https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit
Samples from the #asteroid #Bennu will be publicly displayed at the #Smithsonian later this week. The National Museum of Natural History will put a piece of the asteroid, returned by #NASA's #OSIRISREx spacecraft last month, on display starting Friday. Two other museums will also receive Bennu samples that will be displayed as soon as mid-November.
Hackaday Links: October 29, 2023 - “As California goes, so goes the nation.” That adage has been true on and off for ... - https://hackaday.com/2023/10/29/hackaday-links-october-29-2023/ #lifetheuniverseandeverything #hackadaycolumns #hackadaylinks #raspberrypi5 #self-driving #deepthought #california #osiris-rex #robotaxi #scalper #cruise #tagsam #bennu #msrp #nasa
Osiris-Rex: Probenbehälter lässt sich mit verfügbarem Werkzeug nicht öffnen
Auch wenn das Forschungsteam bisher nicht an den Inhalt des Probenbehälters kommt, wurde mehr Material sichergestellt, als die Sonde mindestens sammeln sollte.
Instituto Smithsonian exibirá fragmento do asteroide Bennu
NASAが採取したBennuのサンプルを、スミソニアンが公開展示する。展示は11月3日に開始し、NASAのJohnson Space Centerの隣のSpace Center Houstonでも行われる予定。 #Bennu #NASA
Pedaços de asteroides podem valer mais de R$23 milhões por grama
Avete presente quando dovete smontare qualcosa e proprio l'ultima vite non ne vuole sapere di uscire che mannaggia la miseria fate venire giù tutti i santi del paradiso?
Consolatevi perché succede anche ai migliori.
NASA's #OSIRISREx mission has officially surpassed its requirement for the amount of #asteroid samples it has returned. #NASA said that scientists have measured 70.3 grams of material from the asteroid #Bennu that the spacecraft returned last month, above the requirement of 60 grams. Scientists are still processing the sample canister and have yet to open the sample head that may contain the bulk of the asteroid sample.
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OSIRIS-REx - TAGSAM sample on mylar flap jsc2023e058642 🧑🚀
„Probe von Asteroid☄️#Bennu enthält Spuren von #Wasser & #Kohlenstoff: Die #Nasa präsentiert die Ergebnisse der Analyse einer Geröllprobe, die eine Sonde vor rund 3 Wochen über der Erde abgeworfen hatte. Die ersten Erkenntnisse begeistern Forscher.“ 🛰️via @sz
Please reflect on this for a moment. We sent machines into space, collected material from asteroids, brought those samples back to our planet, and are now analyzing the contents. Yeah. We did that.
Human beings have so much potential. I’d love to see us tap into more of this good stuff that we do.
Gesammelter Asteroidenstaub übertrifft Erwartungen
Scientists say they're thrilled with the #asteroid samples returned by a #NASA mission. The agency offered Wednesday a first look at the samples from the asteroid #Bennu brought back by the #OSIRISREx mission last month. The material includes water in the form of hydrated materials as well as a high carbon content. That assessment comes from a small amount of "bonus material" seen when the sample container was opened.
#science #nasa #bennu #osirisrex #astronomy #geology #asteroids
NASA’s asteroid Bennu sample, collected in space and brought to Earth by NASA show evidence of high-carbon content and water. This 4.5-billion-year-old sample is the largest haul of carbon-rich asteroid material ever retrieved. Studying Bennu gives insights into our solar system's origins and more understanding of asteroids.
"said scientists hit the jackpot with a sample that is nearly 5 percent carbon by mass and has abundant water in the form of hydrated clay minerals"
Right now they think there is around 250 grams of "dirt" to work with. The mission, #OSIRIS-REx, planners, engineers and scientist were hope for at least 60 grams.
NASA shows off its first asteroid samples delivered by a spacecraft.
AP reports: "Scientists anticipated getting a cupful but are still unsure how much was grabbed from the carbon-rich asteroid named Bennu, almost 60 million miles (97 million kilometers) away."
RT from Brandon Vigliarolo (@bviglia)
This has gotta be one of the only bright spots in the news right now, and it’s a pretty cool one: #Bennu contains some of the most important building blocks of life!
The initial analysis of these samples is nothing short of astounding.
They contain abundant water in the form of hydrated clay minerals and are rich in carbon, both as minerals & organic molecules. Incredible work, team! #bennu
Here's what #NASA brought back from #asteroid #Bennu on #OSIRISREx: #Water & #Carbon In 4.5 Billion Year Old Sample
While NASA had aimed to collect 60g of rocks from Bennu, the agency recovered roughly 250g of material. The samples also contained sulfur, critical mineral for planetary evolution and protein structure. Finally, iron oxide minerals that react to magnetic fields were also discovered, including those that could have played a role in origin of life on Earth.
Given there's a nominal surplus, I wonder if there's a plan for somebody to -smell- some of this sample, a person especially gifted in the use of words?
These are some electron microscope images of the rock samples from asteroid Bennu, that exhibit different types of minerals such as water-bearing clay, sulphides and iron oxide.
These images are screen captures from the NASA media briefing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFvIuSpACQA
Hopefully, we will see better quality images published soon.
This rocks. :MeetMe_StarryEyes:
Here are some more close-up images of the rock samples from asteroid Bennu, lying scattered in the OSIRIS-REx sample canister, outside the main chamber.
Apparently, the rock in inset D was one of the rocks that got stuck in the TAGSAM flap and stopped it from closing properly.
NASA releases first photos and findings from Bennu asteroid sample | indy100
Pretty good rocks. #OSIRISREx
"NASA’s Bennu Asteroid Sample Contains Carbon, Water" - https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/nasas-bennu-asteroid-sample-contains-carbon-water/
We already knew about #Bennu containing lots of carbon compounds and water, but there is a lot of information in the details.
And there is about 240 grams of sample; subject to a bit of uncertainty because of dust scattered around.
Here is a first look at the charcoal-like rock and dust samples from asteroid Bennu shared by NASA today.
Some quick analysis by project scientists using scanning electron microscope, infrared measurements, X-ray diffraction and chemical element analysis shows plenty of carbon and water in the samples.
What we see below is material outside the main chamber. Info on the material inside was not revealed. But even this sample looks like a lot!
Asteroid Bennu: NASA findet Wasser und Kohlenstoff in Gestein
Vor drei Wochen brachte eine NASA-Sonde ein halbes Pfund Gestein vom Asteroiden Bennu zurück zur Erde. 200 Wissenschaftler werten die Probe seitdem aus - Wasser und Kohlenstoff haben sie schon finden können.
The OSIRIS-REx mission is safely back on Earth with a load of tantalizing asteroid material. Now, the public will get to see it for the first time.
#Technews #Space #Bennu #OSIRIS-REx #Asteroid #nasa #Abstract
Most likely, today we will learn about the amount and size distribution of the asteroid material extracted from the capsule, a result of the curation and cataloging process.
Chemical analysis will be performed over the next two years.
Unless something crawled out of the rubble 🐙 👾 👽 😜
A reminder that today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (Wed Oct 11), the sample from asteroid Bennu, brought to earth by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, will be unveiled to the public.
There will be a NASA media briefing at 2:30 pm EDT.
O what secrets will these rocks from the time of the birth of the solar system reveal to us? Any guesses?
Check out https://fosstodon.org/@AkaSci/111120013830001380 for a thread on OSIRIS-REx.
P. S. Those aren't tentacles or space pasta.
#PPOD: The sample return capsule from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is seen shortly after touching down in the desert, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, at the Department of Defense’s Utah Test and Training Range. The sample was collected from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020 by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, NASA will unveil the sample and host a media teleconference with experts from the agency and the University of Arizona. Credit: NASA/Keegan Barber
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently traveling in a heliocentric orbit, slightly inside earth's orbit and lagging behind. Currently, it is 5.1 million km from Earth.
It will perform a close encounter with asteroid 99942 Apophis on April 13, 2029, the day on which Apophis will get awfully close to Earth, just 31,600 km above its surface.
NASA today released this short video taken when the OSIRIS-REx’s sample return capsule separated from the main spacecraft and started its descent toward Earth on Sept. 24, 2023.
The image sequence was taken by TAGCAMS’s NavCam 1 camera. The Sun is visible at the top of the frame, and a thin “crescent Earth” can be seen at the left edge of the image.
Back from #Bennu with OSIRIS-REx's Incalculably Valuable Dirt and Anjani Polit. This Week in Space via TWiT Tech Podcasts
Scientists have gotten their first peek inside the #OSIRIS-REx sample return canister. Scientists opened the lid of the canister in a clean room at the Johnson Space Center on Tuesday. Dante Lauretta, the principal investigator for the mission, said there is "some black dust-like material" inside the lid that he thinks is material from the asteroid #Bennu. Inside the canister is an estimated 250 grams of rocks from the asteroid that the spacecraft collected in 2020.
OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully returns asteroid sample to Earth - World Socialist Web Site
The circular structure in the 2nd image is the OSIRIS-REx TAGSAM (Touch and Go sample Acquisition Mechanism), which was used to collect the rock and regolith samples. The entire TAGSAM head was inserted and locked inside the capsule.
Ready for some more OSIRIS-REx excitement?
Here are some images of the OSIRIS-REx sample canister being opened inside the glovebox in the clean room at NASA Johnson.
These are from a video shown during the "NASA Science Live" session today.
At the OSIRIS-Rex capsule post-landing press briefing on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 - seated left to right -
Dante Lauretta - University of Arizona OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator
Mike Moreau - NASA OSIRIS-REx Deputy Project Manager
Tim Priser - Lockheed Martin Deep Space Exploration Chief Engineer
Eileen Stansbery - NASA Chief Scientist
Lori Glaze - NASA Planetary Science Division Director (not shown, seated to the right of Dante Lauretta)
Pic of another practice session with the mock-up glovebox -
Jason Dworkin, OSIRIS-REx scientist from Goddard
Christopher Snead, deputy sample curator
Curtis Calva, astromaterials processor
Rachel Funk, lab lead processor
Julia Plummer, astromaterials processor
Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator, U of AZ
Nicole Lunning, lead sample curator
Melissa Rodriguez, contractor lead for astromaterials
Kimberly Allums, contract project manager.
Now begins a 2 year effort to curate and analyze the material from asteroid Bennu in the quest to understand the origins of life on earth.
Pictured below are scientists practicing with a mock-up glovebox.
Michelle Thompson, OSIRIS-REx contact pad analysis deputy lead
Christopher Snead and Kevin Righter, OSIRIS-REx deputy sample curators
Wayland Connelly, astromaterials curation engr
Lindsay Keller OSIRIS-REx contact pad analysis lead
Nicole Lunning, lead sample curator.
The samples from asteroid Bennu will reside in this custom designed clean room at NASA Johnson.
The clean room has specialized gloveboxes for handling the samples and the canister. Scientists have been practicing with this equipment for months.
NASA will preserve at least 70% of the sample at Johnson for further research by over 200 scientists worldwide and by future generations.
Yesterday, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx landed back on Earth after a 7-year mission. OSIRIS is the first U.S. mission to bring us astroid samples.
Ambre Rose Trujillo explains the magnitude of these samples from astroid Bennu.
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This record-breaking amount was collected by the #spacecraft using a special mechanism and will be studied by scientists to learn more about the formation of our solar system.
After a 3+ billion km journey, the regolith sample from asteroid Bennu has arrived at its new home - NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The sample canister and other parts from the capsule were transported by an AF C-17 aircraft from Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah to Houston and then by truck to the Space Materials lab at NASA Johnson.
Here is a wider shot of the photograph in the previous post.
The Dugway Proving Grounds, established in 1942, is the Army's premier science and test facility in Utah, for testing and evaluating chemical and biological weapons.
Spread across 800,000 acres, it has numerous state-of-the-art laboratories, unique test chambers and extensive field test grids.
Aliens aside, here is an interesting shot of the location where the OSIRIS-REx capsule was dropped off near the building with the temporary clean room at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah.
The framing, the lighting and the lines in the shot fool the eye into seeing a sloping wall behind the two men, while the area is just a flat parking lot.
Here is another pic of the "alien-autopsy" scene from the temporary clean room at the "secret" Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. Complete with breathing tubes (not really, that is probably carrying Nitrogen gas to prevent oxidation and contamination of the rock samples).
CT-soaked minds will notice that the tentacles have moved!
The aliens are coming, the aliens are coming!
See https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/ for more images.
Here is a look at the OSIRIS-REx sample capsule as it was being disassembled.
It looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie.
We cannot see the rocks and regolith in this photograph. The orange worm-like objects are shielded cables and tubes, not some alien creatures.
The disassembly and packaging for transport to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is now complete.
The right-wing nuts will go crazy over this image with new CTs about aliens.
I must say I’m blown away by #NASA’s incredible achievement in getting the #OsirisRex capsule back successfully from the #asteroid. I mean, just *getting* it there was difficult enough - it arrived in December 2018 after a 2-year, 2-billion km journey from Earth, stayed for 2.5 years, dropped to the surface of #Bennu in mid-2020, gathered the samples in a 10-second grab, then set off for home in May ‘21, and arrived here today a few seconds ahead of schedule. The ingenuity is mind-boggling! 1/2
The distances between Earth and #Bennu, changing over the length of time of the project, and the velocities and trajectories of these stellar objects and the probe travelling through the vastness of space, had to be calculated in advance to the Nth degree there and back, over seven long years, to ensure success. Scientists are intrigued to know why it landed in the Nevada desert a minute and a half earlier than predicted! 😄 #NASA is to be heartily congratulated a grand mission accomplished 👏👏👍
Next up, the disassembly team will open the capsule and remove several components including the unopened sample canister. The canister will be connected to a continuous flow of nitrogen, to protect the samples from oxygen, moisture and other contaminants. Prep. time = 5 hours.
The parts will be transported by aircraft to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Monday morning.
A NASA media briefing has been scheduled for 5 p.m. EDT today.
"#NASA’s #OSIRISREx probe delivers sample of asteroid - and moves on to next target" by @GeekWire / @alanboyle - Successful recovery of #asteroid #Bennu sample capsule in Utah. Probe continues in space to asteroid #Apophis. https://www.geekwire.com/2023/nasa-osiris-rex-sample-asteroid/ #LowFlyingRocks #astronomy
The OSIRIS-REx sample capsule is now safely placed inside the temporary clean room at the Dugway Proving Grounds. In the clean room, it will be disassembled and packaged in parts for transport on Monday to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, its permanent home.
Nice and clean in here, but feels like a hospital surrounded by surgeons in masks.
Still waiting for that cup of tea. How about a hug?
NASA spacecraft brings back samples of rocks and soil from Bennu, an asteroid estimated to be over 4 billion years old. NBC News tells us why scientists are calling this a new chapter in space history: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/first-nasa-returns-asteroid-samples-earth-rcna111474
All inspected, packed up and picked up for delivery by helicopter to the temporary clean room located at the nearby Dugway Proving Grounds, which specializes in biological and chemical weapons testing.
The previous similar sample return mission was Hayabusa2 from JAXA, that brought back 5.4 grams of material from asteroid 162173 Ryugu on Dec 5, 2020.
Half an hour to go before the OSIRIS-REx capsule, now 5,000 km away, hits Earth's atmosphere. Note that the capsule is spin-stabilized and carries no thrusters. It's trajectory is all based on science, physics and math!
There are no location sensors on the capsule either, so it will be tracked using radar and optical and infra-red cameras.
An optical camera aboard a NASA H135 helicopter will provide a live feed of the descent and landing soon.
The landing site for the OSIRIS-REx capsule is at the Air Force Utah Test and Training Range, about 100 km west of Salt Lake City.
A bit late, but @Chrislintott was absolutely fantastic on this morning's BBC World Service Weekend programme talking about the return of the Osiris-Rex capsule which should deliver 250 grams of glorious space dirt in about an hour from now. You can watch the return live on NASA TV. https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive