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Queen’s Brian May assists in mission to bring largest asteroid sample ever back to Earth

Queen‘s Brian May played a critical role in a NASA mission to bring the largest asteroid sample ever back to Earth.The legendary guitarist – who is also an astrophysicist and received his PhD from Imperial College in 2007 – assisted in helping to identifying the site from which the sample was taken.May is an expert in stereoscopy, which is the process of dealing with a pair of two-dimensional images that, when viewed by both eyes, can be used to create a 3D scene. The process was essential in helping to identify where the spacecraft could collect samples without damaging or destroying itself.Today (September 24), it was announced that a capsule containing about 250g of rocks and dust collected from asteroid Bennu as part of NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission had parachuted into the desert in Utah.A post shared by Brian Harold May (@brianmayforreal)May and his collaborator Claudia Manzoni contributed in the shortlist of possible sample sites on Bennu.

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