NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is scheduled to meet around 17:00 UTC (noon EST) on Monday, December 3, 2018, with its targeted asteroid, Beno. Translate UTC to your time.
NASA will achieve live event from 16:45 to 17:15 UTC (11:45 AM to 12:15 p.m. EST) to highlight the arrival of the agency's first asteroid sample return mission. You can watch on NASA TV, Facebook Live, Ustream, YouTube and NASA Live. NASA TV will also air on the Arrival preview program starting from 16:15 UTC (11:15 AMSSE).
OSIRIS-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) was launched in September 2016 and is slowly coming closer to Ben. OSIRIS-Rex is the first mission to visit NASA's near-Earth asteroid, Surface Survey, collects a sample and delivers it to Earth. The spacecraft will conduct a survey of asteroids over a one-year period, with the goal of choosing a place that is safe and scientifically interesting to collect the sample.
The asteroid specimen is expected to return to Earth by free fall from it, as long as it absorbs the parasite, until it reaches a height of 20.8 miles (33.5 km). On the 1.9 mile (3 km), the main parachute will be released, on September 24, 2023, a capsule will be brought from Bamboo with its precious cargo for soft landing in Utah Rann.
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Bottom Line: OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is connected to its asteroid, Benoit, on Monday, December 3, 2018, at approximately 17:00 UTC (AFTER EST).