If you'd like a break from Earth for an hour, we recommend this PBS asteroid documentary
For those looking to have a break from Earth for an hour, PBS has got you covered.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, if all goes according to plan, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx will do something no U.S. mission has ever accomplished: It will gather a sample from the surface of an asteroid and return to Earth.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, viewers can tune in to the new PBS NOVA documentary "Touching the Asteroid" to learn the details of the years-long scientific journey of the University of Arizona-led mission that has led up to this crucial moment
"This is space exploration, so there's no way of knowing what is going to happen," said Terri Randall, the producer, writer and director of the documentary, which details a dramatic journey of scientific discovery, surprises, roadblocks and of course a pandemic that added one more complication to an already incredibly ambitious mission.
'Touching the Asteroid' explains why scientists sent a spacecraft to Bennu
The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is poised to grab samples from the surface of an asteroid called Bennu, which is only about as tall as the Empire State Building. The asteroid is currently 200 million miles away from Earth, but may pose a collision threat with our planet in the late 2100s.
Scientists also want to learn more about the asteroid that was formed in the early days of our solar system, over 4.5 billion years ago, because it is carbon-rich and could unlock secrets of the formation of the solar system.
"Touching the Asteroid" shows ...
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