NASA Spacecraft Arrives At Ancient Asteroid, Its 1st Visitor

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in Science Tech
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.

The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex, right on cue, pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and actually go into orbit around Bennu (BEN-oo) on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body.

Flight controllers applauded and exchanged high-fives once confirmation came through — exactly one week after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars.

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Male 13,505
"in billions of years"

How do they know that?  What if something visited it 10 years ago and we didn't know?

Just another 'tall tale' conjured up by 'scientism'!

If they leave that sensationalist assumption stuff out they'd be getting closer to science.
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Male 918
monkwarrior whatever happened to monks taking a vow of silence?
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Male 13,505
skeeter01 why don't you take one?
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Male 2,015
monkwarrior This wasn't written by a scientist.  It was written for public consumption with an eye to ensure funding.

i.e. it was written for politicians, so the use of 'fairy tale' is apt.

Less about "scientism" and more about "media"
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Male 13,505
punko SO fake news.
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Male 2,015
monkwarrior No, fake news would be "Aliens discovered!".  The ship is real, the asteroid is real, the mission is real.  The closest thing to fake would be the claim that this is the first visitor in billions of years and I agree that its sensationalist fluff not to be taken seriously.
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Male 13,505
punko sure punko, apologize for your media
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Male 2,015
monkwarrior Not my media, and I;m not apologizing.  I dislike what they feel they need to do to get their funding.  If politicians understood the need for science funding by government (not through public sector) scientific organizations wouldn't have to resort to shady advertising-style copy to ensure the funding continues.

This isn't a media issue, this is a funding/political need that uses the media to get what it wants.

So not fake news, also not "media news"

Put the blame where it squarely belongs - putting decision making in the hands of politicians that can only took ahead to a 2-year decision horizon, and care more for reelection than they do for their own citizens.
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Male 9,626
monkwarrior  What if something visited it 10 years ago and we didn't know?

I don't think we have the ability to work out what the odds would be on that having happened, too many variables. But I'll stick my neck out and say beyond astronomical.

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Male 13,505
LordJim but no one knows.  why say anything at all about 'when it was last visited'?
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior    LOL  It's funny you complaining people talk about something that never happened.  LOL again
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 there's no evidence for the billions of years claim
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior  You're getting hooked on one insignificant thread and trying to make a tapestry out of it.   It convinces no one
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 no im just replying to people
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Male 2,345
monkwarrior "why say anything at all about 'when it was last visited'?"
Clearly the Mainstream Media are trolling you personally.
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Male 13,505
semichisam01 No, stupid.  They're lying to people.
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Male 965
"Kilroy was here"
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Male 6,329
"After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years."

But...but...that
can't be correct. After all, the universe is only 6,000 years old. Right?
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Male 46,097
               Allegedly 

It looks like a picture of a charcoal briquette 
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Male 2,468
Gerry1of1 did They name it “Kingsford”?
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 you never know these days..
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Male 5,341
Gerry1of1 That's pretty much what it is, just a large one.
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Male 5,891
Gerry1of1 Ha!!!  Good observation!!!
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Male 7,520
Scientists can successfully chase and catch an asteroid (that is only about 5 football fields big) 76 million miles from earth, launched 2 years ago..

But they still are not trusted to tell us about climate change?
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Male 2,793
daegog    This is pretty much a math problem, it will be here on Tuesday so we need to leave on Thursday, bang you're there the outside influence is kind of small.
  Climate depends on how hot the sun can be on a Tuesday and whether the the gulf stream moved farther south in 1492 not the same thing at all. 
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Male 5,341
daegog Never mind the apple and oranges aspect of the science involved the problem you refer to is in the politics and politicians. 
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Male 5,891
trimble There are a lot of things that should not be made political, Climate Science is one of them.  Unfortunately money talks and bullshit walks...
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Male 5,341
kalron Yessir.
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