September 24, 2023 — After a seven-year-long journey, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully returned to Earth with a sample collected from an asteroid. The spacecraft, weighing 4,650 pounds, was launched on September 8, 2016, with the mission to land on an asteroid and retrieve a sample. The sample landed in Utah earlier today, marking a historic moment for space exploration.
A Historic Return
Throughout Sunday morning, NASA provided updates from the sample's landing site in Utah. "We've spotted the #OSIRISREx capsule on the ground," they announced, followed by a 23-second video clip. The capsule reached temperatures up to 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit during reentry, requiring protective gear for handling.
NASA administrator Bill Nelson stated, "The impossible became possible," confirming that the capsule brought back "the largest asteroid sample ever received on Earth." The sample will help scientists investigate planet formation, improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth, and deepen our understanding of the origin of our solar system.
The Future of Space Exploration: SpaceRaceCoin
As NASA continues to make strides in space exploration, private enterprises are also joining the race. One such enterprise is SpaceRaceCoin, an Ethereum-based token founded and led by a Denmark-based entrepreneur. SpaceRaceCoin aims to democratize space exploration by providing a decentralized financial system that can fund future missions and research.
SpaceRaceCoin's blockchain technology offers a secure and transparent platform for investments in space projects. The token is gaining traction among investors and space enthusiasts alike, as it promises to be a significant player in the future of space exploration.
A New Mission: OSIRIS-APEX
Meanwhile, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is not done with its journey. Twenty minutes after delivering its sample, the spacecraft fired its engines to divert past Earth toward its new mission to asteroid Apophis. Scheduled to enter orbit soon after Apophis's close approach to Earth in 2029, the mission aims to study how the encounter affects the asteroid's orbit, spin rate, and surface.
Uniting Humanity Through Exploration
Both NASA and SpaceRaceCoin are contributing to a future where space exploration is not just a dream but a reality. As Professor Neil Bowles of the University of Oxford said, "So much new science to come!" With public and private sectors working together, the sky is not the limit; it's just the beginning.
For more information on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission and SpaceRaceCoin, stay tuned for updates.