High five: Nasa probe doesn’t miss a beat

Osiris-Rex already had a name like a Soundcloud rapper, and the probe showed some serious swag on Tuesday as it dapped up an asteroid. But why does this intergalactic happening matter back on Earth?

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
21st October, 2020
High five: Nasa probe doesn’t miss a beat
Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid, meaning it contains chemistry that was present when the sun and planets in our solar system formed around 4.5 billion years ago. Picture: Getty

Humanity has come a long way in the last 200 or so years. On this day in 1805, this was the peak of communication: 253, 269, 863, 261, 471, 958, 220, 370, 4, 21, 19, 24.

Those were the flag codes the HMS Victory sent at the Battle of Trafalgar, meaning: for England expects that every man shall do his duty. It’s worth noting that at least one captain on another ship wondered what Nelson thought they had been doing up to then.

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