Bennu, the planet presently being explored by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, will undoubtedly have its numerous functions named after mythical birds and ‘bird-like creatures,’ according to NASA. The International Astronomical Union Working Group made the decision for Planetary System Nomenclature as well as NASA. A variety of functions on the planet will be called, consisting of craters, rocks, rocks, trenches, grooves, ridges, and tops.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu is a rocky carbonaceous asteroid that was discovered in late 1999. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, which was released in September 2016, will invest months examining the asteroid before inevitably descending to collect a 60g example from the space rock’s surface. At this point, the Bennu goal group has been charged with discovering possible example sites.
Assuming every little thing goes according to strategy, NASA prepares for accumulating the example following summer season, after which factor it will take a little higher than three years to bring it back to Planet. Before all of that, nevertheless, officials have to settle on exactly how the features observed on Bennu will undoubtedly be named.
In the news on Thursday, NASA disclosed the planet’s rocky surface– the notable spots, at least– will undoubtedly be named after birds and also bird-like animals from old folklore. These animals were typically ‘symbolic of rebirth, creation, and origins in numerous old myths,’ the space company mentions.
The calling procedure will certainly start this summertime as well as cover various classifications of planet attributes: dorsa, craters, fossae, as well as saxa. The area firm hasn’t revealed any type of particular names that will be used, yet we’ll no question obtain statements concerning them over coming months.