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A Successful Solution to the Oziris-rex Mission Problem: NASA Removes Screws from the Asteroid Capsule

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NASA scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston have successfully removed two screws from the Oziris-rex mission capsule. These screws had been blocking access to samples of materials from the asteroid Bennu for months. Steps are now being taken […]

Uspešno rešenje problema za misiju Oziris-reks: NASA uklonila šrafove sa asteroidne kapsule

NASA scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston have successfully removed two screws from the Oziris-rex mission capsule. These screws had been blocking access to samples of materials from the asteroid Bennu for months. Steps are now being taken to fully dismantle the capsule and uncover the remaining collected materials.

A new tool was designed and tested to address this screw issue. Engineers worked tirelessly for months, not only processing the previously extracted 70 grams of material but also developing the new tool. Aileen Stansbury, the head of the Department of Astro-material Research and Exploration at the Johnson Space Center, expressed her enthusiasm for the team’s innovation and eagerly anticipates what lies ahead for this mission.

While the TAGSAM system capsule is not fully open, the team has already collected 70.3 grams of material from the asteroid, which exceeds expectations. All samples are being kept in hermetically sealed containers, with some stored at very low temperatures.

The Oziris-rex mission lasted 7 years, 4 months, and 1 day, covering a distance of 6.21 billion kilometers. The total cost of the mission is estimated at $1.16 billion. Scientists emphasize that the samples are already revealing interesting hydrated, organic remnants from the early solar system. NASA has already sent samples to the Natural History Museum in London, and scientists worldwide eagerly await further study of this material.

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