Currently on its way to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu; pictured above by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is a view of how our planet and moon appear at around 3 million miles away.
The image shows us what we look like around 13 times the distance between us and the moon.
Should the mission be successful, the asteroid Bennu may provide scientists with samples that could contain organic materials. This would give us a glimpse of the early stages of life, as we continually strive to figure out where we came from. Asteroids are generally from the early formation of our universe, so there is no telling what could be found.
‘But while the spacecraft might tell us some things about where we have been and where we are headed, it also can remind us of where we are right now,’ said NASA.
Being the little spaceship that carries on giving; as the OSIRIS-REx first left Earth it took a fantastic image of our little spec of dust with impressive detail.
‘Visible in this image are the Pacific Ocean and several familiar landmasses, including Australia in the lower left, and Baja California and the southwestern United States in the upper right.’ Said a post by a NASA spokesperson.
I think we can all agree that working for NASA is one of the best jobs you could hope for. As a young boy didn’t we all play with rockets and dream of going into space?
With us already playing with rockets and hovering above the Earth in a space station, it can only be a matter of time before we get to fully explore our solar system, perhaps even discover long theorized life on Europa, Jupiter’s moon.
Should the OSIRIS-REx mission be a success, the spacecraft should return to Earth no later than 2023 with samples extracted from the asteroid.