NASA catches some asteroids

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The Future. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has landed back on Earth filled with asteroid samples that contain the two most important elements for planet and life formation — carbon and water. It’s not alien life, but it’s a massive discovery that could set off a new wave of research and exploration among the stars. And thanks to a bevy of privatized space companies, it may also spark something of a deep-space treasure hunt.

Space invaders
It’s official: we got some very cool space rocks.

  • The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft returned rock and particle samples from the asteroid Bennu that contained carbon (the primary building block of life) and water (in the form of hydrated clay minerals).
  • That’s exactly what NASA hoped it would find in the potentially 4.5-billion-year-old asteroid, which is why it was chosen for research.
  • The particles will be studied for decades, with data inputted into a database that other space organizations can access.
  • Some samples are also heading to some undisclosed museums, so we, the non-cosmonauts, will soon be able to get a close look.

According to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, “The OSIRIS-REx sample is the biggest carbon-rich asteroid sample ever delivered to Earth and will help scientists investigate the origins of life on our own planet for generations to come.”

Far out.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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