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TechnologyNASA spacecraft snaps detailed asteroid picture from closest orbit yet

12:40  18 june  2019
12:40  18 june  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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NASA ’s asteroid -sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx just snapped its closest picture yet of Bennu, the deep- space rock it’s been hovering around since the end of OSIRIS-REx took this up- close picture on June 13th, right after the spacecraft inserted itself into orbit around Bennu for the second time.

NASA 's OSIRIS-REx mission is orbiting an asteroid closer than any spacecraft has ever orbited a body — and it shows in an incredible pair of photographs The spacecraft slipped into orbit around the asteroid , called Bennu, on Dec. 31, after the team carefully mapped the object to design a safe

NASA spacecraft snaps detailed asteroid picture from closest orbit yet© Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed MartinA picture of asteroid Bennu, taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from .4 miles away

NASA’s asteroid-sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx just snapped its closest picture yet of Bennu, the deep-space rock it’s been hovering around since the end of last year.

The high-resolution image highlights the object’s very rocky surface and even showcases a very large boulder on its southern half.

OSIRIS-REx took this up-close picture on June 13th, right after the spacecraft inserted itself into orbit around Bennu for the second time.

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The spacecraft , OSIRIS-REx, has even snapped its first, blurry pic of the cosmic body, which is about the Bennu was chosen from the some 500,000 asteroids in the solar system because it orbits close to Earth's In December, the spacecraft will begin a detailed survey of asteroid 's surface, which

The vehicle first got into Bennu’s orbit on December 31st, 2018, flying about a mile away from the asteroid’s surface. From that path, OSIRIS-REx mapped Bennu’s surface in intricate detail, and also observed some interesting things from this vantage point, including rocks spewing from Bennu’s surface.

The closest orbit that any spacecraft has ever achieved around another space object

OSIRIS-REx is still mapping Bennu, and last week, its mission team maneuvered the spacecraft even closer to the asteroid. Now, OSIRIS-REx is orbiting within just 0.4 miles of Bennu’s surface, which is less than the height of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. That’s the closest orbit that any spacecraft has ever achieved around another space object. And that makes the picture that OSIRIS-REx snapped above the closest image ever taken of an orbiting spacecraft.

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— A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid , setting a pair of records. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft .

Although asteroids orbit the sun like planets , they are much smaller than planets . A close -up image of the asteroid Ida taken by NASA 's Galileo spacecraft . There are lots of asteroids in our solar system. Most of them live in the main asteroid belt—a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

OSIRIS-REx will stay in its tight orbit until the second week of August and will continue to figure out which sites would be best for grabbing a sample next year.

It’s going to be tough, though, since OSIRIS-REx has found that Bennu is a particularly rocky place.

The mission team wants the spacecraft’s sample site to be clear of debris and rocks, in order to make scooping up materials an easier process. Hopefully, this tighter orbit will allow OSIRIS-REx to get an even better view of Bennu, helping scientists figure out the best place for a sample grab by summer of 2020.

NASA’s asteroid probe snapped its closest photo yet of space rock Bennu.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe is giving scientists an even better look at the surface of the space rock known as Bennu now that it's moved even closer to the object. 

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