How Are Meteorites Made? And OSIRIS-REX
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1. What a Meteorite?:
- Introduction to meteorites as rocks from space.
- Explanation of the word "meteorite" and its connection to meteors.
2. The Terminology of Space Rocks:
- Clarification of key terms: meteor, meteoroid, asteroid, and comet.
- Meteoroids as leftover materials from the solar system's formation.
3. Meteorites as Time Capsules:
- Insights into the early solar system provided by meteorites.
- Preservation of original materials, making them "fossils" from the past.
4. Challenges in Meteorite Study:
- Explanation of the challenges meteorites face during atmospheric entry.
- Changes on the outside of meteorites due to atmospheric entry.
5. Osiris Rex Mission and Ongoing Research:
- Introduction to the Osiris Rex mission to asteroid Bennu and its return to Earth.
- Importance of missions like Osiris Rex in studying pristine space materials.
- The mission's extended mission, now known as OSIRIS APEX, to study asteroid Apophis.