Date: 09/12/2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: American Museum of Natural History (CPW at 79th St., Manhattan)

Price: $15

This September, NASA plans to launch OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to retrieve a pristine sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for further study. The mission’s target is Bennu, a carbon-rich, near-Earth asteroid that is also potentially hazardous to Earth. Join Museum director of astrovisualization Carter Emmart for an new immersive program that highlights how the spacecraft’s mapping of the asteroid Bennu will inform scientists who are choosing a location for capturing surface material from the asteroid in 2020. The samples could shed light on how our solar system formed and how life on Earth began.

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