The US space agency NASA has warned of 5 small asteroids that will pass near Earth, according to the Asteroid Watch Widget, which tracks asteroids and comets that will be relatively close to our planet.
The agency said that 3 space rocks had already passed within close range of the Earth without any accidents. The 2020 TJ6, which has a diameter of 10 meters, traversed our planet at an amazing speed of 40,824 km per hour, but at a safe distance of 1.2 million km .. followed by the asteroid 2020 UX, the smallest of the five space rocks, at a distance of 190 thousand km, as well as 2020 TD6 has a diameter of 7.4 meters. According to “Russia Today”.
As UK 2020 approached Monday, October 19, at a distance of more than 6.2 million km, while the 2020 TF6 asteroid blew up at 43,200 km per hour, at a distance of 153,000 Just km.
This coincides with the readiness of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft to land on the space rock “Benno”, 200 million miles away. The agency said that none of these space events can be compared to the very close flyby of the asteroid Bennu, which is located 200 million miles from Earth, which is expected to happen on Tuesday.
OSIRIS-REx made its first attempt to collect a sample from the space rock before 2 pm EST, today Tuesday.
The spacecraft is expected to land on the asteroid for only a few seconds, which is long enough Its robotic arm to detonate the surface with high-pressure gas, and suck some space dust into the asteroid for analysis here on Earth.
said OSIRIS-Rex project manager at NASA’s Goddard Flight Center, Richard Burns. : We are cautiously optimistic that this will be the only time to touch the surface.
NASA vehicle Pino Preparing to land on In conjunction with the passage of 5 asteroids near Earth