Lockheed Martin iPad App Explores Asteroid Mission
Exploring an asteroid can provide insight into many fundamental questions about our universe: How did our solar system form? What kinds of materials exist in our solar system? How did life evolve?
But the ultimate question in asteroid exploration is: Will an asteroid some day end life on earth as we know it?
Lockheed Martin’s free LM TomorrowTM app for iPad users attempts to answer some of these questions in its new “True Exploration” section. Focusing on the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission to capture asteroid particles and return them to Earth, “True Exploration” examines these questions and investigates the impact that asteroids can have on Earth –figuratively and literally. It features interactive content and a series of videos that discuss why studying near-Earth objects is critical to our understanding of the past and to the development of new technologies.
OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer. Scheduled for launch in 2016, OSIRIS-REx will return the first samples ever taken from a special type of asteroid holding clues to the origin of our solar system.
The app allows users to explore the world of asteroids, including those that could potentially impact Earth. Users can also create their own OSIRIS-REx mission, “trying out” instruments that will be used and seeing how the samples will be collected and returned to Earth.
LM Tomorrow TM is a science and engineering app that provides insight into some of Lockheed Martin’s most innovative technologies and how they work. The goal is to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers and technologists by sharing our world and our work