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Osiris Rex

- Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:02:04 EST Y3T9nNnZ No.56410
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Well Osiris Rex launched today. It's supposed to scoop up some asteroid and bring it home to Earth. The mechanism is craziest thing since the skycrane. It's going to bounce off of the asteroid "Bennu" and grab a handful as it does it.

They're trying to bring back between 60g to 2kg of material. They're also going to survey Bennu for about 6 months before the pick their sample site. So it will just be riding along up there chilling with Bennu for a bit.

> the sample mechanism: https://youtu.be/T0FxDxs7lyw?t=126
> animated mission timeline: http://www.asteroidmission.org/mission/
> obligatory boring launch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLjyLh77WNE

The intent, of course, it to learn more about asteroids to prevent future disasters
Harlow Shapley - Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:54:01 EST /PiWer6O No.56413 Reply

Original Soundtracks are pretty ineffective against extinction level events. Especially NASA's; it's like 90% theremin.
Clyde Tombaugh - Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:09:14 EST KgKlYmGv No.56428 Reply
Letting an asteroid to shake this place up might just become the best thing that's happened to it in a long time.
Kiyotsugu Hirayama - Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:32:09 EST tQX5ylFX No.56429 Reply
What would happen if you just decided as a private citizen that you were going to space. Built a missile silo under your house. Built a rocket and a capsule. Then suprise launch inot orbit. I mean what are they going to do. Come start the first space police chase? Like fuck you guys come get me.
Fred Whipple - Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:35:41 EST rszf0FN0 No.56430 Reply
Assuming you did this in the US, they would get you on violating air-space protocols. But the fines would be trivial compared to how much this would cost you -- but then why not just pay the licensing fees?
Edward Pickering - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:22:50 EST pjhpxsvC No.56436 Reply
Err, they'd shoot you down with a Patriot missile?
Henrietta Levitt - Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:07:55 EST YHjXylC8 No.56450 Reply
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Depending on where you're launching from and your angle of inclination, I would be somewhat concerned about accidentally starting WWIII.
Space exploration is simply ICBM demonstrations with unique payloads.
Thomas Gold - Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:53:45 EST AKPGknBR No.56452 Reply
Space probes are so fucking efficient, what astounding machines

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