Nasa, Thea Cyrus Rex, University Of Arizona discussed on Richard Eeds
All right. So we have this little spacecraft There's been flying along is heading up towards this towards this asteroid, and the whole idea was to go Park next to the asteroid, take some pictures and then parallel park on the asteroid. And then take some samples. Gonna poke it. It's got like an 11 ft Long poker. Right? Is called. Oh, Cyrus. Rex. All right. It's going to collect some loose rubble and the video of this on on. Well, I got the story office science alert. NASA has really good video of it as well. Is cool critical, and the amazing thing is Initially, when we saw this has story the asteroid is called being a B And and you We saw it. It was thought to be just by radar imagery kind of this. It looks like a top like a spinning top. Now we've got there taking pictures. It's exactly Like we thought it was going to be so I mean, that's you know, it's nice to have confidence in science. Has been, you know, it's proved to be correct. Anyway, So we're gonna We're gonna weld obey. No Urbino is cruising along. You know, it's it's coca, and it's going 63,000 miles an hour. So we're going toe pull up to it. In our You know? 61 Of Cyrus Rex with baby moons were gonna pull up next to her going to parallel park, and we're going to poke it and collect some dust. And collect some rocks. All goes according to plan, the spacecraft will deploy And 11 FT. Long robotic arm called Tag, Sam Tag, Sam touch and Go Sample acquisition mechanism. They have acronym for Everything. NASA does. I mean, it's like the Army? We gotta have an acronym. I was going to spend about 10 seconds. His 11 ft arm. Gonna pick up about two ounces two ounces. Of loose rubble. On the asteroid. It is, of course, being remotely monitored by a team of scientists and engineers. Is going to stow the sample. And rather than you know, zap it. Blow it apart in hit her with a spectrometer. It's actually going to fly it back to Earth. Scheduled to be back in town somewhere around 2023 Now here's the cool thing. Oh, crap. Actually happening right now. Go right now touch and go going around right now. You can watch it on national television. Or on the website, NASA website Crap. I didn't really started at three o'clock start 13 minutes ago. So you go there right now. Hate hate for you to leave me. You can actually watch the touch and go. Sample collection with the arm to tag Sam going on right now on NASA television or the website. Now. What's the point? Right? What's the point? Well, first of all, This here, Benno or be know as the right thing. On some sometime late in the 21. Hundreds could become a problem for us so we can look at it. We can analyse it. We can poke it. We can see how hard it is. And you know how can we divert it? So doesn't smash into planet Earth. Long time from now, But you know, probably probably well, it's debatable. Whether they're still be human humanoids on earth by them. Probably going to go extinct because of climate change, but anyone they'll be something here. We're saving. So Ah, University of Arizona has been a big part of this. Planning constructing the whole thing. So there there are some practical application. Now. The asteroids, especially asteroids in near Earth orbit, as Bono is And teach us about formation of our solar system. Dr Michael Drake. Who was the head of the University of Arizona Luna, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. And his protege by the name of Dante Lauretta. It's a great name. Dante Lauretta. Also from University of Arizona Planetary science. Working with Lockheed Martin and NASA. And they started planning this out a long time ago. Obviously, you've got to get a bill you gotta you know. Do all the math all day. Trajectories to fire this thing off in exact right second from the exact right spot. I have to go meet up with the asteroid. These are relics. Fossils of the earliest materials. That formed the solar system and by extension, Planet Earth. So if we can actually get samples, bring him back. We can answer some Potentially really fundamental questions. About how our little solar system formed. No science is one step built upon another stone noticed him. So That's the That's the whole point that's going on, actually right now. I would watch it, But I have no idea if I get NASA TV, bad planning Richard on my television here. So that is called a Cyrus. Hyphen Rex. And the asteroid is B e in and you I don't know if Thea Cyrus Rex looks like a 61 in power or not. That's my take on it. 17 minutes after when I first laid eyes on, you asshole Due in today to clean the fixed me up just.