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NASA Could Send OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft to Apophis

Image Credit: Marina Brozović/JPL

NASA is continuing its work on setting new targets for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, also referred to as the asteroid Conqueror. At the moment, the name of the asteroid Apophis (God of chaos) comes to the fore.

The American Press announced that NASA has not made a full decision on Apophis, but the largest candidate is Apophis, which will pass close to earth in 2029.

Osiris-Rex, which landed on the asteroid Bennu on its first mission and successfully collected samples, is expected to return to earth in September 2023.


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Orbit where Apophis will be found during the Near-Earth transit in 2029 (blue dots are satellites around the Earth), Image Credit: Marina Brozović/JPL
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