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The OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft, which is revolving around the asteroid Bennu for one year, is going to swoop down near the north pole, Nightingale, of the asteroid. The team members of the mission briefed the media houses about such development on Thursday. 

Dante Lauretta, the principal investigator of the mission, expressed his happiness over the recent development. While expressing his thoughts, he revealed that he was dreaming about the day for more than ten years. He did not forget to congratulate every researcher and scientist involved in the project. 

Aim of the OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Mission

The OSIRIS-Rex mission costs around 800 million USD. The primary aim of the spacecraft was to gathering information about the initial days of the solar system. Scientists are suspecting that the carbon-rich asteroids brought the source of life to the earth. As a result, the mission is also examining the asteroid Benu. Its contribution is to bring the life source to the earth. Scientists are considering the recent development as a major success, as they are expecting that the Nightingale will help to unfold many secrete of the universe. 

One of the experts related to the matter revealed that the Nightingale hosts several fine-grained materials, which the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will collect. The region is relatively cooler than the nearer places, as it is near to the North Pole. The materials in these regions went through a lot less alteration in comparison to the places near the equator. Scientists are expecting that the spacecraft will collect several organic materials near the North Pole. 

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The images sent by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft show a darker place near the North Pole, which is an indication of the presence of organic materials. Scientists are celebrating the development, as they think that the spacecraft will bring the materials from the spot, which went through less weathering process. The spacecraft will not land on the surface. It is more like kissing the surface.

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Born in Florida, brought up in New York, Nick Nesser is known as the best author for the Space section of Galaxy Reporters. Also, he is best known for his research on astronomy and his love for the satellites.


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