Scientist Finally Find A Place To Touch Down On Asteroid Bennu

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The OSIRIS REx mission has been scrutinizing the asteroid Bennu looking for site where they can take a sample, but the asteroid surface proved to be more rough rocky than they originally expected. So the target sites were 1/6th of the size they originally expected to work with, which means the navigation will have to be more accurate to get the sample without risking the spacecraft.

Meanwhile elsewhere the Japanese Hayabusa 2 mission is heading home with its much smaller samples, we got to find out some more about Hayabusa’s results at last week’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

Here’s the press event announcing the OSIRIS REx site selection from the AGU

The AGU Session with the Hayabusa video has been made available again

  1. Rob Mitchell

    All Bennu needs is a Baobab tree… ;-)

  2. bigc7t

    We need to start mining these

  3. Rob Sin

    Donโ€™t wake the Borg.๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ––

  4. mrJety89

    Doesnt’t look anything like KSP

  5. Christopher Jensen

    I wonder when we’ll attempt an asteroid capture and redirect back to Earth

  6. Motzer Alles Mist

    Great show ! Very interesting ! Please keep us updated ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿš€โญ๏ธ

  7. Jan Stromback

    Osprey looks very much like impact craters, any risk of glaced surface?

  8. Beezqp

    Team Osprey!!!

  9. Mohamed Farid

    We want new ideas on rocket engine design

  10. steve shoemaker

    l got one word for all of this…WOW…Thanks Scott…!

  11. ZXQ Aerospace

    If a person jumped on bennu, would they reach escape velocity?

  12. pixartist

    Super informative, cool footage

  13. Michael Skelton

    Watching the video while it’s rotating around the landing site, if you look away from the video your entire vision is distorted in a rotating pattern. I feel a bit drunk xD

  14. Rip Sumrall

    Space rocks, yes it does.

  15. Lewis Cavanagh

    Hi Scott its me lewis cavanagh
    I saw Fraser watching one of your videos.

  16. Steve Hinote

    who knew? so interesting, and so well covered! I am puzzled though why the two asteroids you mention are so similar in shape. Clearly they don’t have enough gravitational force to become spherical, but what’s responsible for the bulges and common appearance? Thanks, great vid.

  17. Alex Landherr

    Could you please do a detailed new video on Hayabusa 2 please?

  18. Bob Dog

    Soup dragon might light the fires to move the asteroid.

  19. Strange Tamer

    Anyone else get unsubbed? Great video on some truly next level exploration

  20. Charles Yuditsky

    Watch we do a mission that changes to orbit of an asteroid and the damn thing slams into tje earth 30 years later

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  23. Dennis Vance

    OK, remember where we parked the probe, everyone.

  24. William Cox

    I took a little trip out to an asteroid,
    I tried to cop a feel in the dark,
    The Space Police cars made me feel paranoid,
    But I stole a bag of dream dust from their park.

  25. Peeftribos

    Scott! How tiny should be an asteroid so a human being could jump to escape velocity?

  26. Tom Thumb

    lol Mt Doom (only a couple meters high)

  27. Johnston Steiner

    Never tell them the odds

  28. sanityd1

    Oh baby 1mil subs is just around the corner, everyone loves a round number!

  29. Trevor Matthews

    I’m wondering if the landing thrusters will blow away the target dust they hope to sample? Surely what remains will be a selection of heavier materials present.

  30. jurian0101

    Ah nice, after watching Astrum’s video also on the topic, I think they complement each other.

  31. Junior Balls

    That’s an old impact crater, eroded somewhat

  32. edgeeffect

    It’s a space-hoover!!!
    Those 3D reconstructions of the surface are AMAZING! (bearing in mind, I grew up in the Venera/Viking era)… but what would have been really cool would be the addition of a cardboard-cut-out astronaut… just to give us an idea of how small Mount Doom actually is.

  33. stu Art

    Just squirt a bunch of foam under the lander for a soft landing. You can donate my noble prize to battersea dogs home.

  34. Kineth1

    If you think it’s hard to choose a parking spot on an asteroid, try picking one out on a meteoroid!

  35. Mark Wandrey

    Bennu always reminds me of a charcoal briquette!

  36. SystemShocker

    Thanks Scott! May The Algorithm be good to you$

  37. steven smith

    Well done JAXA , that was a lot of robots doing a lot of diferent things. great work

  38. darrick steele

    ๐Ÿ‘ 5.6K ๐Ÿ‘Ž 51

  39. HuzzahGamers

    Thank God! The good intro!

  40. Wojtek Szywalski

    As always, amazing video. Thank you, Scott.

  41. Neil Wilson

    It’s amazing at my age (?) to get to 1:58 and almost take those shots for granted. There was NOTHING like this when I was a teenager. It is so wonderful to have the privilege to see this.

  42. Mammad Bughi

    WOW, Awesome. Thank so much dear Scott.

  43. 1000dots

    The returned asteroid samples are exciting. I keep letting myself dream they might find something really special

  44. Nizar R.

    What if these locations were collisions between bennu and other objects so they end up with a modified sample of the original composition of bennu?

  45. jon bsws

    Finding a asteroid that conforms is a tall order

  46. Ross in Ontario

    It is truly amazing what we will go thru to look at some โ€œdirtโ€. Baby-steps !

  47. Slice of Bread

    i wonder how they are gonna navigate around those cars on the sample site..
    does the spacecraft have a little note with their phone number in case it hits one of the cars?

  48. RedFathom

    More like Mt Boom!

  49. surikatga

    This video worked for me like some optical illusion moving image. After looking at landing site in circling camera manner, made my vision distorted after looking away eg. on comment section.
    Scott “controller of minds” Manley

  50. Trevor Tammen

    First time I’m actually early

  51. David Messer

    I hope that OSIRIS doesn’t get wrecked! :)
    Scott: Are there any proposed systems being developed to deflect asteroids that we may find to be on a collision course with Earth?

  52. FishyFilms Puffer TV

    Iโ€™m safe, are you safe? I hope we are all safe.โœŒ๏ธ

  53. J

    Been waiting for far to long for 1mil! Let’s go! Thank you for all the years you have given us!!!!!

  54. vijay_mn

    Meanwhile in my language *Kannada* , literally bennu means “Back”.

  55. sulljoh1

    I feel like part of the team :-)

  56. Origami Mambo Project

    I think they’ll make it as long as the weather is good.

  57. Lance Manion

    That dude from Armageddon is still on it

  58. BaumeisterJac k

    Oh I missed that intro

  59. W P

    because the camera was revolving around the site, and i was staring at it, i’m now left with staring at my other screen and everything is spinning, big visual illusion impact :(

  60. Daniel Sundberg

    Is this an actual scanned image or just an animation?

  61. Kenneth Hicks

    Awesome! Hope I’m still around when we start redirecting them to more suitable locations for study and mining ; )

  62. Fonzi55

    Scott! Iโ€™ve been watching Star Wars getting ready for the new one and have a space question.
    When tie fighters or x wings buzzed past the command deck in space, would it still rattle the windows in real life, like it does in the movies?????

  63. Doug Bader

    To look upon something that none of our ancestors have ever imagined is very beautiful.

  64. oversoul

    I watched this launch from the Titusville Bridge. ;P

  65. BaronVonHaggis

    1:08 to 2:11 wow if you stare at one of the rotating images then look at the centre image, it’s like free drugs. ๐Ÿ˜†

  66. A Barbarian Horde

    I have no idea why but this is my favorite asteroid

  67. Brucifer

    This imaging is stunning. I’d love to see somthing like this around the moon to image the flag that’d prove the IDIOTS wrong.

  68. Raoul Kirner

    The sample grabber looks like the space-vacuum-cleaner from Spaceballs – dust-bag included :’D

  69. Tom Wesstein

    Where can I find this amazing 3D visualisation of the astroid? That looks so stunning!

  70. Greg Specht

    Some of those landing sites look like craters. Have the scientists taken into account that there could be very firm ground just inches below the surface? And if they have I’m curious what action if any was taken to deal with that.

  71. Dmytro Picky

    1 mil subs before 2020 ?))))

  72. Jerrod Broholm

    The resolution of that imaging is incredible. Thanks for this video.

  73. alex

    I want a space asteroid mission to Scott’s asteroid

  74. Julien Hughes

    this is the content that I’m here for ๐Ÿ˜„

  75. Ross2d-2

    The footage at 9.10 is just amazing. This is how smart we are and I love it.

  76. Hayden Amaro

    This is so goddamned cool. Imagine being on the team that had to select a touchdown site, calculate how to put down in such a small space. Amazing.

  77. sulijoo

    And I thought I had enough problems looking for a good site to land my base on Ike. ๐Ÿ˜œ

  78. p v

    Iโ€™m excited for you hitting 1 million. You deserve it.

  79. zapfanzapfan

    I love how both asteroids look like 10 sided dice! D&D nostalgia :-)

  80. Zoltรกn Pรณsfai

    You overspec your probes knowing that the objects are usually underspeced…

  81. Ryben Flynn

    They better be careful. That is actually an abandoned Borg Cube that has collected debris over the centuries.

  82. Aharon Patterson

    When you say “fly safe” that sounds like a mobster is threatening me. LOL.

  83. Gay Transgender Dilophosaurus

    I like how these sites actually look like small impact craters themselves.

  84. Shai Naamat

    I mapped 4 images (not so much) and it was excruciating and satisfying at the same time.
    Really exited to see how it turned out

  85. HojozVideos

    Message of the video:
    Always overbuild your spacecraft, after all you might need it.

  86. Occam's Indecision

    “Oh lord Scott Manley”‘ love it

  87. Penny Lane

    I guess we already learned something about asteroids: they conform much less with the specs than we thought ๐Ÿ˜„

  88. SpeedStriker

    In this video we get a glimpse into the contents and process of future space family road trips. Imagine trying to convince your wife that landing in a rockier spot is worth the risk of damaging the landing legs, all the while your two kids scream about gathering space rocks for their space scout badges.

  89. Valenorious

    4:55 So the reflecting narrow rock on Osprey is called Minas Tirith?

  90. Synaptic Impulse

    Great show as always Scott! I was also cheering when you mentioned the role of CosmoQuest in this space mission! Indeed, CosmoQuest is an amazing organization, that focuses on “regular people” volunteering for “Citizen Science” to help NASA and astrophysicists with various projects. So ya… essentially, what CosmoQuest volunteers did for this mission is crunch through a HUGE WHACK of imagery data sent back by the OSIRIS REx probe around Bennu. Pooling all their efforts and volunteer time, they were able to identify the ideal landing-spot for NASA, after 90 days of work.
    Interestingly: it was actually estimated that it would likely have taken the team upwards of 1 year to find that ideal landing spot, due to the shear amount and volume of data they had to go through, with the number of volunteers they had working on this.
    BUT… the astrophysicists Dr. Pamela Gay, was able to push the team a bit, and reorganize things, so that the team actually got it done in an astonishing 90 days, instead of 365 days, which is a HUGE accomplishment. So thank you regular people: you’ve guided the next state of this NASA mission with hard work, and volunteered time!
    Also on a SIDE NOTE: Dr. Pamela Gay actually has a really long running and amazing show you can watch on youtube, called Astronomy Cast, that she does with Fraser Cain. I think they’ve been doing that show since 2006 if I remember correctly–one of the first audio only podcasts on the Internet. Anyways, I’ve been following them since 2006, so that’s why I cheered when you mentioned CosmoQuests vital role in this NASA mission!

  91. Vlad Caso

    * takes single step * yay! I’m in orbit ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  92. Arctic Haze

    A good title for the media: “Asteroid Bennu to skim past Earth at a distance of only 15,000,000 km in year 2175!”

  93. justin h

    I think the general public totally underestimates how amazing these types of missions are….. We’re catching up to asteroids, orbiting them, getting amazing photos, landing on them, running tests, getting samples, then returning home…. Either im just overly impressed by this or everyone else has their heads burried in the sand.
    I remember when Armageddon came out and i was like “hah, catching up to and landing on an asteroid? So Hollywood… That’s gotta be nearly impossible”… But i clearly underestimated NASA and these awesome engineers…. and Bruce Willis

  94. Cammi Rosanov

    Hello. He’s Scott “One Million Subs” Manley. And he deserves each one, and then some.
    Congrats Scott! โ˜ป

  95. Jerry Oswald

    6:28 I see they let some parking spots open in case Elon’s Roadster shows up.

  96. Alex Landherr

    At 9:10, damn that sampling so awesome. The way it retreats reminds me of every failed grabbing attempt in KSP of an asteroid.

  97. Lithostheory

    Scott “it’s entirely possible” Manley

  98. Cby 0530

    Oh its Lord Scott Manley here
    Thank you YouTube.

  99. tarmaque

    I quite like the use of the parking lot with a car to show scale. It’s always difficult for me to visualize the scale of these asteroids.

  100. Biggus Mickus

    I still love the thought that the American mission sent a vacuum cleaner & the Japanese mission sent a gun. The exact opposite of what the national stereotypes would suggest.

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