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SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 19 Episode 63 - OSIRIS-REx Mission Update

14 Sep 2016, 07:45 UTC
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 19 Episode 63 - OSIRIS-REx Mission Update
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Here's what's in Episode 63:

*NASA’s OSIRIS-REx blasts into space on a mission to rendezvous with a potentially deadly asteroid
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft has successfully launched into space on a mission to rendezvous with the potentially deadly asteroid Bennu. The half kilometre wide mountain sized space rock -- which passes uncomfortably close to Earth every six years – has a 1 in 2700 chance of hitting the Earth in the 22nd century.

*Rare fossil of the early Milky Way discovered
Astronomers have discovered a fossilized remnant of the early Milky Way. The stellar system reported in the Astrophysical Journal, was discovered The system -- named Terzan 5 -- is located 19 000 light-years away -- in the Galactic Bulge -- the tightly packed central region of the Milky Way galaxy.

*Huge brown dwarf population discovered in our stellar neighbourhood
Astronomers have found a large population of failed stars known as brown dwarfs in our stellar neighborhood. The new findings reported in the Astrophysical Journal detected local 165 brown dwarfs during a survey which covered only about 28 percent of local space.

*India launches new satellite
The Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched its fifth space mission of the year carrying a new weather satellite into orbit. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV lifted off from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on the Bay of Bengal.

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