back to article Bennu Jerry's, anyone? OSIRIS-REx probe to attempt 3 scoops of asteroid next month before bringing samples home

NASA intends to scoop up material from the surface of the Bennu asteroid on 20 October, and has planned up to three retrieval attempts before returning any samples back to Earth. "Bennu is like a time capsule," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, on Thursday. "It has been out …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Metric or imperial nickel?

    > NASA is looking for rocks the size of a nickel.

    For those not located in one of those united states, a nickel what, or, alternatively, if alluding to the size of a coin, what size is that in milli-Wales?

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: Metric or imperial nickel?

      The coin.

      Too small to register at the standards bureau, but I get approximately 1.7005476e-11 milli-Wales

      (1 milli-Wales is 20776980000000, a nickel is 21.21mm diameter =

  2. DCFusor

    Scale calibration

    We used to use nickels for at least coarse calculation. US nickels (at least used to) weigh precisely 5 grams. There's your metric system in practical use.

    How else to know how much pot to put in a nickel bag?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Scale calibration

      Proof positive that drugs are a conspiracy against freedom by the metric mafia. The rulers of rational rules for rulers have even pwned the US Mint.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Scale calibration

      A 1p piece weights just about an eighth of an ounce.

      (For some reason weed is usually sold in the uk in fractions of ounces, whilst most Class A's are sold in grams.)

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One asteroid, 3 cups

    Cue the Youtube reaction videos

  4. Scott Broukell

    Erm . . . I do hope that NASA have the necessary Mineral Extraction paperwork signed off by the Vogons (in triplicate), before going ahead with this undertaking - just a thought. Furthermore, should we not also consider leaving behind a small gratuity or tip in acknowledgment?

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      It's the compulsory archaeology survey that is carried out before construction starts.

  5. HildyJ Silver badge

    High and low science

    Cheers to the boffins on the mission.

    Still, after all the high tech involved, I can't get image of OSIRIS-REx swirling around to see how much it's scooped.

    Have a pint Bennu and Jerry's Oat of This Swirled.

    Yes, it's real

  6. Chris G Silver badge

    What are the odds the sample will have a cigarette end and a macDonalds wrapper in them?

  7. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    The Priestesses of Vesta

    "In ancient Rome, the Vestals or Vestal Virgins were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth"

    Up Pompeii - "The Vestal Virgins"">

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: The Priestesses of Vesta

      Vestal Virgin (retired) - - - >

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The Priestesses of Vesta

      "[...] Vesta, goddess of the hearth"

      Now that conjures up a youthful memory in the flickering light of a log fire. Wonder if she was at the DHL wrestling contest too.

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