How the new Rubin Earth Observatory will usher in the next era of asteroid space missions

How the new Rubin Earth Observatory will usher in the next era of asteroid space missions

The upcoming Vera C. Rubin Observatory will never leave Earth itself, but the big, highly detailed picture of the universe it will present to scientists may begin a new era of space exploration.

The solar system is filled with billions of small rocky and icy bodies, many of which formed about 4.5 billion years ago when planets like Earth were forming around the sun. Space missions such as OSIRIS-REx, Lucy, and NASA’s Psyche have made great strides in visiting these primordial objects in the solar system. They’ve been collecting images, and OSIRIS-REx has even obtained some samples to investigate here on Earth, all drawn from data collected by observatories around the world.

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