NASA Drills into an Asteroid – level 3
On Tuesday, NASA’s spacecraft performed a complex maneuver to drill into the Bennu asteroid for five seconds. In the historic operation, the spacecraft collected a sample from an asteroid in space, over 160 million kilometers from Earth.
Asteroids are among the leftover debris from the solar system’s formation 4.5 billion years ago, and scientists believe that the asteroid could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth. Scientifically, it is a very exciting event because it is the first time that humans have touched the surface of another solar system object in order to get a sample of it.
The spacecraft’s journey to the asteroid began in 2016, and it has been in orbit around the asteroid for almost two years. According to NASA, there is a 1 in 2700 chance that the asteroid will hit Earth late into the next century.
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