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NASA says the low risk of an asteroid hitting Earth has increased in 161 years

NASA says the low risk of an asteroid hitting Earth has increased in 161 years

NASA researchers estimated the date of the possible impact of the asteroid Bennu on Earth: September 24, 2182

247 – NASA announced on Wednesday (12) that the chances of the asteroid Bennu reaching Earth in the next century are slim, but according to the Foundation, the asteroid will approach our planet in the year 2135. Impact: September 24, 2182.

David Farnocchia, lead author of the study and a scientist at the Center for the Study of NIR-Terrestrial Objects at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said the Associated Press. Reports have been published by G1 gate.

Scientists have better ideas for Bennu’s trajectory because of the OSIRIS-REx probe, which was sent to the asteroid in 2016. In August 2018, the probe arrived at Bennu to collect samples. This year, the journey back to Earth began, which is expected to take two years.

According to Dante Loretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator and professor at the University of Arizona, “The orbital data from this mission has helped us better assess the chances of a Bennu impact over the next two centuries and our general understanding of potentially dangerous asteroids—one incredible result.” He continued, “The spacecraft is returning home carrying valuable samples.”

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