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NASA’s about to scoop up some asteroid dirt on the space rock Bennu. Scientists are thrilled.

NASA’s about to scoop up some asteroid dirt on the space rock Bennu. Scientists are thrilled.

 

By Meghan Bartels

 

This article from www.space.com is about NASA’s research on asteroids. It talks about them landing the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on an asteroid called Bennu. They say that this asteroid contains the same materials as asteroids that helped create earth and the solar system. Also because they are in space some of them have not changed since Earth formed. The spacecraft landed October 21, 2020 and will return to earth next decade. When it returns scientists want to study the amino acids and other carbon compounds that play a vital role in life here on Earth. They want to study these things to better understand how they got to Earth. They also say that this is not the only asteroid sampling they want to do. They are going to research more so they can better understand space and the solar system. In particular, NASA is launching two key asteroid science missions this decade: Lucy in 2021 and Psyche in 2022. Lucy will visit one object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, then focus its attention on two special clusters of space rocks that orbit ahead of and behind Jupiter, called the Trojans, which scientists have never been able to examine up close. Psyche is going to go to an asteroid that is primarily metal, rather than rock or ice.

 

I think that this is very interesting. I like how they are researching space because there are so many mysteries. It is also cool how they are finding out how Earth and life on Earth came to be by studying asteroids. I think that this research is very important because it will help us better understand space and how planets form and could help us find if life is on other planets. As they continue this research I think that there are going to be many really cool findings.