Nasa is getting closer to completing its asteroid sampling mission as the Osiris-Rex probe prepares to collect samples from the Nightingale region of the asteroid Bennu,media CNET reported. The Osiris-Rex task force tweeted Tuesday that the probe will fly over the surface of Bennu and will be only 820 feet (250 meters) apart.
Scientists recently discovered a black hole 30,000 light-years from Earth by analyzing data collected last fall by the Osiris-Rex probe, which had found water in the clay of the asteroid Bennu.
According to lead researcher Dante Lauretta, NASA decided in December that the Osiris-Rex probe would collect samples from the Nightingale area of the asteroid Bennu, despite “some danger” around the site. NASA says the Nightingale area offers Osiris-Rex the best opportunity to place the robotic arm on “organic and water-containing materials.”
Sample collection is scheduled for mid-2020 and the Osiris-Rex probe will return to Earth in the second half of 2023.