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NASA Picture of the Day: Tagging Bennu
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On October 20, after a careful approach to the boulder-strewn surface, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's arm reached out and touched asteroid Bennu. Dubbed a Touch-And-Go (TAG) sampling event, the 30 centimeter wide sampling head (TAGSAM) appears to crush some of the rocks in this snapshot. The close-up scene was recorded by the spacecraft's SamCam some 321 million kilometers from planet Earth, just after surface contact. One second later, the spacecraft fired nitrogen gas from a bottle intended to blow a substantial amount of Bennu's regolith into the sampling head, collecting the loose surface material.
Staying Cyber Secure In Lockdown 2.0
Earlier this month, British universities and colleges faced grim warnings from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of GCHQ – around a steep increase in the number of ransomware attacks on the UK’s education sector. As organisations prepared for students to return to the classroom, cyber criminals used…
Asteroid Flybys Over the next 7 Days
NameDateMin Dia. (m)Max Dia. (m)Rel. Velocity (mph)Miss Distance (miles)
(2004 UR1)23rd Oct20145040,62612,565,004
(2000 TU28)23rd Oct18341121,4076,141,505
162039 (1996 JG)24th Oct33474830,82524,847,965
(2013 EM20)24th Oct27862217,34010,219,063
517103 (2013 EM20)24th Oct27862217,34010,219,004
(2016 UZ25)26th Oct12728478,24132,941,925
(2009 KK)27th Oct21147223,63329,175,544