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NASA probe took soil samples from asteroid Bennu

The probe approached the surface of a celestial body with a diameter of 500 meters, known as the asteroid Bennu, literally for a few seconds.

The American probe OSIRIS-REx, located 320 million kilometers from Earth, approached the asteroid Bennu and took soil samples from its surface. This was announced on Tuesday, October 20, by the NASA probe on Twitter.

For the operation, a point in a crater with a diameter of about 20 meters in the northern part of the asteroid was previously selected.

According to NASA, the rod with a special device for collecting soil touched the surface of the asteroid for just 16 seconds. At that moment, one of the nitrogen capsules emitted a cloud of compressed gas, under the influence of which the soil particles settled on the inner surface of the device.

About how successful the operation was and how much soil was collected, it will become known not earlier than Saturday.

The OSIRIS-REx probe is known to have been launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in September 2016. He reached Bennu in December 2018 and a little later entered the asteroid’s orbit for the first time. The probe is to return to Earth in September 2023 and deliver soil samples.

Bennu is an old asteroid located at a distance of more than 320 million km from Earth. Some of Bennu’s mineral fragments may be older than the solar system, scientists say. The diameter of the asteroid is 492 meters.

Bennu’s research will allow scientists to look into the early solar system and learn more about how life began on Earth, NASA notes.

Recall that during this period, the Earth passes through a stream of meteors from the tail of Halley’s comet. Therefore, those who like to admire the night sky can witness an interesting phenomenon when the flow rate will reach about 20 meteors per hour.

Google responded to the US Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit

Google said there were many flaws in the US Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit.

“There are many flaws in today’s suit of the Ministry of Justice. People use Google because they made their own choice, not because they were forced to do it or because of the lack of alternatives, ” an excerpt from the statement is quoted.

Google has promised to publish a full response to the Justice Department’s claim soon.

Earlier it was reported that the US Department of Justice accused Google of abusing its position in the field of online search in order to destroy competition, thereby harming consumers.

An asteroid may fall to Earth in November

It became known that already at the beginning of November, namely on the 2nd, an asteroid may fall to Earth. This forecast was voiced by the American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, noting that the dimensions of the celestial body correspond to the refrigerator.

“Asteroid 2018VP1, a space rock the size of a refrigerator, is rushing towards us at a speed of more than 25 thousand miles per hour,” the scientist shared, adding that the estimated date of the asteroid’s collision with Earth is November 2.

At the same time, the celestial body, according to the scientist, will not harm the planet, even if it falls on it, since its size, as mentioned earlier, is small. It is known that the asteroid 2018 VP1 belongs to the Apollo group. Space objects of this group are characterized by a flight path that crosses the earth’s orbit.

Twitter removed a post by Trump adviser on the uselessness of masks in the fight against COVID-19

The social network Twitter has removed the publication of the adviser to the President of the United States Scott Atlas on the effectiveness of the use of protective masks in the fight against the new type of coronavirus COVID-19. It is reported by NBC News.

So, in his post, Atlas pointed out that masks do not protect against the risk of coronavirus infection.

“Do the masks work? No, ”- contained in the Atlas publication.

The post was posted on the Twitter platform on Saturday, October 17, and was deleted the next morning. Instead, users might see “This tweet is no longer available” as well as a link to company policies and that explains why the post was deleted.

Apple discontinued old iPhone models

After the presentation of the iPhone, it became known about the withdrawal from the production of some old models of Apple smartphones.

The American company Apple announced the end of production of two outdated iPhone models. About this on Wednesday, October 14th.

We are talking about smartphone’s iPhone models XR and 11 Pro. Apple’s management made this decision due to the fact that these models of gadgets are inferior in performance to new products and do not bring profit to the company, Apple representatives say.

“Instead of the iPhone 11 Pro, product lovers can buy the improved flagship iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone SE, which was released in spring 2020, will be a good replacement for the XR,” the company said.

Its representatives emphasize that in just 2020, Apple stopped producing four old phone models.

At the same time, although the company has stopped the release of these smartphones, they will still be able to receive official software updates and will be available for sale in the stores of telecom operators and other sites selling electronics for some time, Apple representatives said.

We will remind, the American corporation Apple has presented an updated model of its smartphone — iPhone 12. This is the first Apple phone that supports the fifth generation 5G communication format.