17 Sept 2016

OSIRIS REx NASA’s mission to Bennu

Running time: 35 minutes

Acknowledgements: Damian Peach for his image of Saturn; NASA JPL the European Southern Observatory for their kind permission to use images & graphics in this month’s program.

OSIRIS REx is due to launch on 8 September to Bennu, an asteroid that is possibly on a collision course with Earth. This is NASA’s first sample return mission to study a Near Earth Asteroid.

In this month’s program we examine the European Southern Observatory’s remarkable discovery of an Earth-like planet in orbit around Proxima Centauri, our nearest star. Take a detailed look at the OSIRIS spacecraft along with its mission, and asteroids in general.

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