Bennu’s asteroid return capsule


Bennu’s asteroid return capsule

The OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule reached 2,900°C (5,300°F) as it used the atmosphere to slow down – before some people on the internet were already questioning whether it might have brought alien pathogens with it.

The answer to that is a big fat no.


Because Bennu is such a tiny rock.

It has no nutrients, no atmosphere, and no water.

It is showered by ultraviolet light, known for its ability to destroy biological tissue.

There are plenty of scenarios – such as the panspermia hypothesis – that hypothesize life travels to the cosmos via asteroids, meteors, and comets.

And maybe it does, but it’s not sunbathing

#shorts #NASAs first asteroid sample return mission #samples #Bennu

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