Science teacher, Mr McKenna, explained to the students the (slightly scary) purpose of the mission – the spacecraft will rendezvous with a distant asteroid called Bennu, which has a small chance of colliding with Earth in the future. Osiris will take samples from Bennu and bring them back to Earth for analysis in 7 years time.Scientists need to collect information in case the asteroid needs to be moved off course to avoid a collision with Earth!
Students were fascinated by the whole event and made commemorative badges at the end of the lesson.
So the question is - will any Regents' students be in the elite research team analysing the samples from Osiris in the future? Of course they will!