Canadian Laser to make 3D map of Asteroid

Posted by on Monday, September 12, 2016

The Canadian Space Agency and NASA has teamed up to return a sample from an asteroid to Earth.

The reason behind the mission is to help answer fundamental questions about how our solar system formed, how life began and how we can avoid asteroid impacts with Earth.

It will also give us a better understanding of one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids currently known to humanity. 
OSIRIS-REx will take about two years to zero in on its target—the asteroid Bennu. 

Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid in the Apollo group that was discovered by the LINEAR Project on September 11, 1999. 



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