Canadian Laser From The OSIRIS–REx Spacecraft Maps Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s spacecraft OSIRIS-Rex has onboard the Canadian laser technology that is mapping the Asteroid Bennu through space. The asteroid is practically in the phase of extraction or a landing. The OSIRIS-Rex is on the area for two years with the asteroid by now and launched in September 2016. OSIRIS is traveling with 100.000 km/h and has a half kilometer in diameter.

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex and the Asteroid Bennu

The Canadian instrument has the purpose of taking pictures of the spacecraft and the asteroid and of measuring it. The measurements are made with the Canadian OLA, which is quite an accurate instrument. OLA is giving the scientists the details of the shape and its size, to help them find a way to extract a sample out of it.

Besides this, OLA has an incredible laser tool that is scanning in three-dimensional, even from a distance of seven kilometers. OLA is also coming with a second laser that is for rapid imagery and the proximity.

Canadian Laser From The OSIRIS–REx Spacecraft Maps Asteroid Bennu

The scientists are studying all the possible asteroids that can be found in our galaxy for learning and knowing more about the history of the Solar System. The idea is that having a piece of the asteroid is like having a part of history. In this way, they can go back to the past and find out what has happened a billion years ago.

Moreover, an asteroid is practically the remains of the forming planets, which means the understanding of the Solar System is approachable by having these kinds of data. In this way, scientists can learn how many of the planets were born and from what they are containing.

To sum up, the Asteroid Bennu is well known from 1999 when the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research discovered it, and from 2016 it was orbited by OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft. The landing on the asteroid was on December 12 this year after one year of mapping the surface for the right spot.

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