exciting news about a space mission bringing asteroid pieces to earth
Something really interesting is happening in space. NASA the space agency is sending us pieces of a big asteroid. This asteroid is called Bennu. the pieces will land on Earth soon. This is a big thing because it can also help us learn more about our solar system formed and how space rocks can affect Earth. This is a huge knowledge for us.
Imagine a small capsule carrying these asteroid pieces. It will arrive in Utah and you can watch it happen on Sunday at 10 am ET through a live stream.
The capsule will zoom into Earth’s atmosphere in fast speed at 27,650 miles per hour. Just 13 minutes later, it will softly land.
While this is going on one side, the space probe OSIRIS-REx, which collected the asteroid pieces, will keep exploring space and check out another asteroid named Apophis.
These asteroid pieces can tell us so many things about how the solar system began a long long time ago. Around 4.5 billion years ago. Asteroids are like leftover bits from that time and they hold so many secrets about our past.
Bennu the asteroid, is interesting because it’s shaped like a spinning top and made of rocks held together by gravity. Scientists want to study it carefully so they can get more information.
The space probe OSIRIS-REx used a special arm to dig into Bennu’s surface and collect the samples. After saying goodbye to Bennu in 2021, the probe started its journey back to Earth. It circled the sun twice to time its return perfectly.
The space capsule lands in a big area of utah. Teams will be ready to make sure it lands safely at 11 miles per hour.
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Once the asteroid pieces land, scientists will examine them and tell us what they find on October 11. They believe asteroids like Bennu might have delivered water and important things to Earth when it was being made. This could be why our planet is so special and just right for life.
This asteroid sample landing is super important for science. its seems looking back in time and understanding how Earth became such a great place for us to live.