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NASA drops spacecraft into orbit around potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu

first_img NASA 5:24 NASA’s on a mission to collect space dirt from a potentially… NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures 22 Photos NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. NASA also released a GIF of the various surveys Osiris-Rex carried out after arriving at Bennu in early December The series of images, captured between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31, helped the team more accurately determine Bennu’s mass, which ensured that the orbital insertion would proceed smoothly. You can see the GIF, captured by Osiris-Rex’s black-and-white NavCam, below:Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex surveyed 101955 Bennu before slipping into orbit on December 31.  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin Space The orbital period, lasting until mid-February, is expected to provide additional details about Bennu’s gravity, orientation and spin, along with a better understanding of its mass. All those observations should lead to completing one of the chief objectives for Osiris-Rex: retrieve a sample from Bennu’s surface and fly it back to Earth. In 2020, the spacecraft will extend a specially designed arm, called Tagsam, for a brief high-five with the asteroid. The arm will blow nitrogen gas onto the surface of Bennu, kicking up handfuls of dirt, which the spacecraft will fly back to Earth in 2023.A successful pickpocketing will give scientists a more detailed look at the kind of compounds that make up the potentially hazardous object.Bennu is the near-Earth object that’s second most likely to collide with our planet, only outranked by an asteroid known as 1950 DA on NASA’s Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. Though they’re ranked as hazardous, the actual likelihood they would ever collide with Earth is incredibly low — Bennu could smack into Earth between 2169 and 2199. 1950 DA shouldn’t trouble you at all. If it were to hit, that impact wouldn’t occur until 2880. Sci-Techcenter_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: 2 Fly, Osiris-Rex! Fly! NASA/Goddard Visiting a distant, icy world that looks like a snowman certainly had space enthusiasts enraptured in the first days of 2019, but some other historic NASA news slipped through in the final hours of 2018 — and it might reveal just as much about our solar system.The asteroid-chasing Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) performed its own historic maneuver on New Year’s Eve. An eight-second thruster burn on Dec. 31 placed the spacecraft in orbit around 101955 Bennu, which drifts through the solar system’s asteroid belt between the Earth and Mars.By inserting itself into orbit around Bennu, Osiris-Rex will survey the asteroid from a distance of only about 1 mile (1.75 kilometers) from its center. Bennu’s small size creates an incredibly tiny gravitational force, so maintaining that orbit will require lots of little adjustments, made by NASA and its collaborating organizations. “The gravity of Bennu is so small, forces like solar radiation and thermal pressure from Bennu’s surface become much more relevant and can push the spacecraft around in its orbit much more than if it were orbiting around Earth or Mars, where gravity is by far the most dominant force,” said Dan Wibben, maneuver and trajectory design lead. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Return of priceless artefacts

first_imgMarking the safe return of three stone sculptures from Australia to India, National Museum, Janpath has organised an exhibition titled, “Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India.” The sculptures of Seated Buddha; Worshippers of Buddha; and Goddess Pratyangira were purchased by National Gallery of Australia from the Nancy Wiener, New York in 2007 and Art of the Past, New York, 2005. Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the exhibition on May 23. He attended a special event at National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, Australia in which Senator Mitch Fifield formally handed over three ancient artefacts stolen and smuggled out of India and inadvertently acquired by National Gallery of Australia. Earlier, during the visit of Australian Prime Minister to India in September, 2014, the Australian government had also returned sculpture of ‘Dancing Shiva’. This exhibition is important as it celebrates the return of rare heritage sculptures that were stolen from the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe statue of worshippers of the Buddha: The panel depicts the worship of some of the Buddhist symbol (possibly chakrastambha or Bodhi tree but it is not visible as the piece is damaged at the top) kept on a throne, below which the Buddha-pada are visible. On both the sides, male worshippers are represented first followed by the female worshippers. The most probable offering objects held in their hands are vases with flower or garlands. This sculpture was unearthed in 1970s during the excavation of a Buddhist stupa at Chandavaram (District, Prakasham) in Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSeated Buddha with large halo: (Kushan, 2nd century CE, Maholi, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Spotted Red sand stone). This sculpture represents the Buddha seated cross legged (Padmasana) wearing ekansika sanghati (drapery covering one shoulder and arrayed with additional pleats). The transparent effect of the cloth is apparent through the conspicuous marking of the navel. The sculpture indicates that the right hand was raised in the abhaya mudra (protection pose) and the left rests on the thigh. He is shown with an urna, pralamba karna (elongated ear-lobes), ushnisha and with a filing contemplation on his face.Standing Pratyangira: (Chola, 13th Century CE, Tamil Nadu, South India Grey coloured granite stone). In order to carry out his supreme task of preservation, Lord Vishnu took incarnation in the form of Narasimha in which he is represented by a human body and a lion’s head, who destroyed the demon kind Hiranykashipu, the personification of evil. The deity represented here is a tantric deity who is the female aspect of God Narasimha also known as Narasimhi. She is standing in pralambapadita pose, the face of a roaring and furious lion while the body is of a female. Flames are coming out of her head. However, the attributes tridents (trisula) and drum (damaru) in her right hands suggest her to be Pratyangira, a form of Bhairavi as per Saivite cult. The image was under worship in Vriddhachalam temple near Chennai before its theft.last_img read more

Be well live well with Fairmont Kea Lanis new wellness package

first_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bycenter_img Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii, Promotions, Wellness Travel WAILEA, HAWAII — In keeping with Hawaii’s long-standing tradition of maintaining mindfulness and wellness, Fairmont Kea Lani has unveiled a new wellness package that promotes healthy living and inner balance.Called ‘inspire Your Energy Wellness Package’, it includes daily breakfast buffet at Kea Lani Restaurant, daily fitness classes like barre, meditation and pilates, a 30-minute consultation with a fitness & wellness coordinator, and two 60-minute body treatments at the award-winning willow Stream Spa.The package also includes daily access to Willow Stream Spa’s heat and hydro facilities, and a signed copy of Eric Saperston’s book ‘Live in Wonder: Quests, quotes and Questions To Jumpstart Your Journey’.Package rates start at US$789 per night, double occupancy, in a Fairmont Suite.“The Inspire Your Energy Wellness Package is designed for guests interested in living a healthy, uplifted and energized life,” says Shannah Milstead, director of sales and marketing of the 450-key all suite and villa resort. “We’ve combined restorative treatments and mindfulness with an opportunity for guests to recharge and transform into a better version of themselves,” explains Milstead. “The Inspire Your Energy Wellness Package allows guests to approach wellness in a very personalized way with the guidance and expertise of our Energy Ambassador.”Launched in 2016, the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Inspire Your Energy program provides an integrated style to wellness by connecting guests to the activities they are passionate about while enjoying the tropical outdoor surroundings of Wailea, distinct mana (power or energy) of the islands and unique culture of Hawai’i.Fairmont Kea Lani, is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury resort. Nestled on the golden sands of Wailea’s Polo Beach, this award-winning oceanfront property is renowned for its distinct approach to beach resort luxury. Be well, live well with Fairmont Kea Lani’s new wellness packagelast_img read more