Peculiar surface of asteroid Bennu

High-resolution image of the surface of Bennu. The light-colored boulder just below the center of the image is about 24 feet wide
Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

News from Mar 21, 2019

The surface of asteroid Bennu looks different than expected: it is covered with boulders and stones, which makes surface sampling scheduled for 2020 more difficult. The sample should be brought back to Earth in a shielded capsule expected in 2023.

The american spacecraft OSIRIS-REx reached the near-Earth asteroid Bennu in December 2018. Bennu has a diameter of about 500 meters and could collide with Earth in 2135. This animation of the asteroid was created from images collected by OSIRIS-REx while approaching Bennu.

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