Closing In On Bennu


This composite image of asteroid Bennu was created using eight images obtained by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on 29 October. The distance to the asteroid was about 330 km. It took almost a minute to capture all eight images. During that time, the spacecraft was moving, and Bennu rotated 1.2 degrees. The OSIREX-REx science team used a super-resolution algorithm to combine the images to produce a higher resolution view of the asteroid.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is slowly maneuvering itself into an orbit around the asteroid. It will deploy a lander designed to retrieve a soil sample from the surface, and it should return the sample to Earth in 2023.

Image Credit: NASA

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