Distant Worlds

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe spent many months flying through space in order to meet up with its target, a large space rock known as Bennu. The spacecraft's mission will be carried out over the next couple of years, but its arrival at Bennu means that we finally get a very close-up shot of the rock itself. And boy is it dirty. One of the interesting things about asteroids is that they tend not to look like you might imagine. We've been taught by science fiction to think that asteroids are one big chunk of bumpy rock but the reality is far different. As you can clearly see from the images, Bennu is a big dusty ball littered with debris. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/arrival-bennu-full-rotation.jpg?itok=1tQDlv7o Knowing what the surface of the asteroid is like is of utmost importance to the entire OSIRIS-REx mission, as the spacecraft will need to pick a place to eventually land. After about a year of surveying, the machine will touch down on the asteroid an...
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October 4th, 2018
As a young Trekkie, Sarah Stewart knew she wanted to study distant worlds. But as a kid, she never imagined where that interest would lead. “Nobody as a little child thinks, I’m going to grow up and have a lab full of cannons,” said Stewart, a planetary scientist who was awarded a "genius" fellowship...
October 4th, 2018
As a young Trekkie, Sarah Stewart knew she wanted to study distant worlds. But as a kid, she never imagined where that interest would lead. “Nobody as a little child thinks, I’m going to grow up and have a lab full of cannons,” said Stewart, a planetary scientist who was awarded a "genius" fellowship...
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