Tuesday, September 12, 2017

OSIRIS-REx Mission

On Sept. 8, 2016 the OSIRIS-REx Mission left Cape Canaveral, FL to begin a multi-year project that involves intercepting the asteroid Bennu, securing samples of it and returning to earth with them in 2023. The space craft was seen from the Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham near Safford, AZ on Sept. 1.

While the OSIRIS-Rex Mission is a mind-boggling scientific and engineering achievement, the true wonder in all this is how little it relates to everyday life. That is, that while the US has the capability of sending mechanisms far into space to perform tasks and then successfully return, at the same time American law enforcement uses 14th century technology that involves the use of a rapid chemical reaction to drive metal pellets through the body of individuals who decline to do as they are told, often with fatal results.

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