Scientists have been eagerly waiting to receive the oldest space sample expected to land on earth on Sunday.
Nasa’s Osiris-Rex capsule will be carrying chunks of space rock believed to be 4.6 billion-years-old. The sample is highly likely to touch down in Utah weighing an estimated 8.8 ounces.
What is It All About?
Nasa’s OSIRIS-Rex probe was launched in 2016 by scientists to collect samples from one of the oldest asteroids in the solar system.
The probe carefully collected the sample data from the asteroid named Bennu and started its flight back home in 2021.
Sample Has Pre-Earth Material
Scientists are excited to study and examine the environment before our planet was not even born.
The sample will be shifted to NASA’s Johnson Space Center which will distribute the material with other scientists for investigation. As per NASA, the sample is expected to touch down at 6:42 a.m. EDT, Sunday.